Black and white picture of Frederick Law Olmsted  best known for designing the grounds of New York City’s Central Park, the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Regarded as the founder of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law...



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


Screenshot from the U.S. Capitol rotunda mobile app.
​Knowing that the U.S. Capitol Rotunda would be closed to visitors to prepare...

News & Notices

2015 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Oct 28, 2015

Photo of the Capitol and the Christmas Tree in 2014.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, during a ceremony on the Capitol's West Front beginning at 5 p.m. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as master of ceremonies. This year's tree was selected from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. The 74' Lutz spruce is the first Capitol Christmas Tree to come from Alaska and will make a 4,000-mile expedition by land and by sea from Alaska to the Seattle area before it is driven to Washington, D.C. The tree was harvested October 27 and will make stops...

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Hart Building Interior Scaffold Removal

Oct 26, 2015

Sign outside of the Hart Senate Office Building.
In support of demobilizing the Hart Roof and Skylight replacement project, the temporary protective netting and scaffold above the north and south atriums of the Hart Building will be removed. This work will occur nightly between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in the following areas: South Atrium: October 26 through October 31 North Atrium: November 2 through November 7 During the disassembly of the scaffold, the area on the first floor of the Hart atrium directly below the overhead scaffold will be isolated and a pedestrian path will be provided so occupants can travel along the entire atrium....

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NSO Labor Day Capitol Concert 2015 Information

Sep 04, 2015

This photo is from the Capitol 4th concert in 2015.
 The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. WASHINGTON, DC –The Labor Day Capitol Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing. The concert dress rehearsal for this event is on Sunday, September 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 3:00 p.m. The dress rehearsal and concert are free to the public, and no tickets are required. Public Access, Mobility Impaired Info and Traveling Tips The general public can access the West Lawn of the U....

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Architect of the Capitol Recognized as Bicycle Friendly Business

Aug 26, 2015

Architect of the Capitol employees pose for a group photo on Ride Your Bike to Work Day, May 2015.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business! Today, the AOC joins a cutting-edge group of more than 1,000 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace. "The business community's investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier and more sustainable place to live and work," said Amelia Neptune, League Bicycle Friendly Business Program Manager. "We applaud this new round of businesses,...

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Planned Weekend Work & DC-FEMS Drill

Aug 14, 2015

Photo from 2011 of DC firefighters getting ready to start familiarization tours of the Library of Congress Buildings.
Planned work by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) this coming weekend includes: Saturday evening, August 15, the AOC is performing maintenance to electrical systems in the Capitol Building. During this work, brief outages of the lights on the Capitol Dome may occur. This work is not related to the Capitol Dome Restoration Project. Sunday morning, August 16, the AOC Fire Marshal Office is coordinating a high-angle rescue drill with DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DC-FEMS) and the U.S. Capitol Police. DC-FEMS will begin staging on the East Front Plaza at approximately 7:30 a.m.

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Caring for the Statue of Freedom

Aug 14, 2015

Statue of Freedom close-up from the Architect of the Capitol’s 2012 preservation.
The Statue of Freedom — one of the most visible, symbolic and treasured pieces of art at the Capitol — will undergo its regular maintenance this September. Since its full restoration in 1993, the Statue of Freedom has been washed, caulked, and epoxied and had its protective coating renewed every two to five years, most recently in 2012 (pictured above). Beginning today, August 14, scaffolding will be built above the Statue of Freedom's cast-iron pedestal base, beyond the current scaffold currently in place for the Dome Restoration Project. Work to clean the statue and reapply its coating...

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