Stewards of the iconic buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill since 1793.

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Abraham Lincoln bust
The bust of Abraham Lincoln features Lincoln’s head seemingly emerging from...

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A view of the Capitol Visitor Center lit up at night
The Office of Congressional Accessibility Services (OCAS) provides a variety...

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Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an eclectic mix of professions. Jim Saenger, the Capitol’s Carillonneur, has perhaps one of the most unique and least visible jobs on the Hill.
Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an...

Materials

  • A row of marble statues in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
    Marble is used throughout the U.S. Capitol Building, the congressional office...
     
  • Nighttime view of the cast iron used in the making of the Capitol's dome.
    Cast iron was used extensively in the U.S. Capitol’s mid-19th century House...
     
  • Sandstone walls and paintings of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda
    Sandstone was a common building material during the early years of Washington...
     

The materials used in the construction of the Capitol were chosen with care to ensure the building would be a lasting landmark. Learn more about these building materials, why they were used, and where they came from.

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