In Emanuel Leutze’s mural, a group of pioneers and their train of covered wagons are pictured at the continental divide, looking towards the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. The border depicts vignettes of exploration and frontier mythology. Beneath the central composition is a panoramic view of their destination “Golden Gate,” in San Francisco Bay.
Emanuel Leutze’s mural celebrates the western expansion of the United States....



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


Picture of Richard Hartlage, Partner and CEO of Land Morphology in front of a garden
Learn from Partner and CEO of Land Morphology Richard Hartlage's experiences on...

News & Notices

AOC Releases FY 2015 Performance and Accountability Report

Nov 30, 2015

FY 2015 Par Cover Image
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is now available. The FY 2015 PAR provides AOC's financial and performance information for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on September 30, 2015. The report provides candid insight into AOC's operations and accomplishments for the fiscal year and the challenges the organization faces. 2015 Highlights 2015 Full Report PDF "We believe that there is no greater mission than upholding the historic buildings entrusted to our care, and we look forward to continuing to...

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Repair of Southeast Stairwell in Russell Building

Nov 23, 2015

Overhead view of the Russell southeast stairwell, an open staircase serving all floors of the Russell Building.
From November 23 through March 2016, the Architect of the Capitol will be performing plaster repair work in the southeast stairwell of the Russell Building. This effort will require the installation of scaffold within the stairwell. Scaffold assembly will begin on Monday, November 23, and last through Friday, December 11. During this period, the southeast stairwell, which serves all floors, will close each night at 8:00 p.m., and will reopen each morning after 5:00 a.m. All levels of the stairwell will remain accessible through covered walkways under the scaffolding, built for the safety of...

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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives: From Alaska with Love

Nov 20, 2015

Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol, welcomes the Capitol Christmas tree to the West Front Lawn.
This morning the Capitol Christmas tree arrived on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The tree is an annual symbol of hope and celebration, so it is fitting that a truck driver who bears a striking resemblance to Old St. Nick, with a full white beard and smiling eyes, delivered it to the Capitol. "I am honored to accept this year's Capitol Christmas tree on behalf of the U.S. Congress. I'd like to thank the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Congressional delegation for their support, those who helped get this beautiful tree to Washington, D.C., and the children, artists and community...

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Gold Environmental Excellence Award for Packard Campus

Nov 19, 2015

Photo of AOC's Tim Minner accepting the award from VWEA.
The Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation facility (Packard Campus) located in Culpeper, Virginia, recently received the Virginia Water Environment Association's (VWEA) Gold Environmental Excellence Award for Industrial Waste and Pretreatment. Tim Minner, Engineer for the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Library Buildings and Grounds, accepted the award from VWEA on behalf of the AOC. The award, which honors demonstrated dedication to pollution prevention, waste elimination or reduction and one year of permit compliance with pretreatment permit conditions, is a...

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Incident in the Cannon Building

Oct 30, 2015

Photo of the Cannon House Office Building.
During the Cannon Renewal construction, there was a potential release of asbestos that may have affected the Cannon Building. The Architect of the Capitol continues to investigate and will provide updates when available. Updates Most recent update appears first. Saturday, October 31, 2015 11:18 p.m. — The Cannon House Office Building has been reopened. Engineers and certified industrial hygienists assessed the situation and an independent, accredited lab performed a rigorous air sampling analysis. The building is safe to reopen; air sample results were well below the regulatory limit for...

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Hart Solar Panel System Celebrated

Oct 29, 2015

Ribbon cutting ceremony on the Hart Senate Office Building roof. Capitol Dome in background.
The recently dedicated Hart Senate Office Building solar panel system is one of the largest federal systems in the Washington, D.C. area. The system furthers the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) commitment to sustainable and cost-efficient energy reduction measures. "We work to embrace technologies that create sustainable and cost-efficient energy reduction measures while maintaining the historic integrity of our buildings," said Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, who joined United States Senate and AOC staff on the roof of the Hart Senate Office Building to celebrate the completion...

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Architect of the Capitol

Laura Condeluci

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer

Cannon Renewal

Kristen Frederick