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Painting of meeting when Declaration of Independence was presented to the Second Continental Congress
This painting depicts the moment on June 28, 1776, when the first draft of the...

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Visitor Guide Gives Tour of Rotunda
Please note: Many of these Capitol Hill buildings are working office buildings...

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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Cara holding her chocolate tree.
With Sprouts at the U.S. Botanic Garden, children learn about the magical world...

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    The First Cornerstone

    Contemporary Masonic practice included the laying of an inscribed metal plate along with a cornerstone.

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    Montgomery C. Meigs

    Meigs's contributions to the Capitol were in engineering, management and photography.

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    Benjamin Brown French

    French was responsible for the care of all federal buildings in Washington, D.C. before the creation of the AOC.

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