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The Rosa Parks bronze statue weighs 600 pounds and the granite pedestal, partially hollowed out inside, weighs 2,100 pounds. The pedestal is made of Raven Black granite and inscribed simply with her name and life dates, “Rosa Parks/1913–2005.
On February 27, 2013, a statue of Rosa Parks commissioned by Congress was...

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

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Sheep on the White House lawn, taken between 1916-1919. Image courtesy Library of Congress
The Capitol Grounds have long been a haven for wildlife, with residents ranging...

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Capitol Visitor Center Receives Craftsmanship Awards

The Architect of the Capitol’s (AOC) Capitol Visitor Center project was recognized by the Washington Building Congress with several 2008 Craftsmanship Awards. Teams of skilled tradesmen were recognized for displaying exceptional skill in their fields, including door and hardware fabrication, skylight design and installation, exterior hardscape installation, and stone masonry.

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AOC Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement with Union

WASHINGTON, JULY 10, 2007 – Today, Acting Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, signed into force and effect a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 626, representing approximately 500 laborers, custodians, gardeners, and other non-skilled workers in the House and Senate Office Buildings, U.S. Capitol Building, and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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