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This painting depicts Christopher Columbus and members of his crew on a beach in the West Indies, newly landed from his flagship Santa Maria on October 12, 1492.
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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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Black and white photograph of Union Troops lined up in front of the Capitol in 1861
Weekdays at 3 p.m. — In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a...

News & Notices

Good News for Sustainable Landscapes

Jun 10, 2015

SITES Logo
Sustainable landscaping program SITES, developed by United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and partners, was launched today by Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI). SITES is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. Its rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower...

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2015 Military Bands Summer Concert Series

May 26, 2015

Military Band Concert playing at night in front of the Capitol.
The 2015 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Navy Band on Monday, June 1. All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front Steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting*. Set-up will begin at 4:00 p.m. Lawn chairs are allowed to be placed on the stone terrace in front of the band on the West Side of the Capitol and on the West Lawn (when available). Food is permitted; however, NO alcohol or glass bottles are allowed. [Updated: June 3, 2015] Monday Evenings 2015 U.S. Navy Band June 1*, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31...

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Restoration to Begin

Apr 27, 2015

Photo of the damage to be restored on the Grant Memorial.
April 27 is the 193rd anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant, and coincidentally it marks the beginning of conservation efforts to restore the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial to its original glory. The Memorial is the largest statuary group in Washington, D.C., and the sculpture of Grant is among the largest equestrian statues in the world. The care of the Grant Memorial was transferred to the Architect of the Capitol in late 2011. Weather and time have not been kind, and upon transfer, the AOC addressed immediate safety issues and repaired the most visibly deteriorated conditions throughout...

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Saving Energy at the AOC

Apr 17, 2015

Saving Energy in the Workplace
Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must maintain aging, iconic buildings while adapting to state-of-the-art technology and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations. On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the AOC is proud to announce the advancement of a continued focus to strengthen a culture of sustainability across Capitol Hill. Ten years ago the AOC received a congressional mandate to reduce our energy 30 percent by the end of FY 2015. Today we have significant progress to report, through March our energy...

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U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda Restoration

Dec 22, 2014

Photo of damage to be restored.
WASHINGTON — H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015, enacted this week, funds the Architect of the Capitol through September 30, 2015. Included within this funding is $21.2 million for the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda. The Rotunda is among the most recognizable and hallowed spaces within all of America’s public buildings. The Rotunda is used for important ceremonial events, such as the lying in state of eminent citizens, the awarding of Congressional Gold Medals and the dedication of works of art. Due to the extensive exterior damage on...

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Will Shine on December 2

Nov 24, 2014

2008 Capitol Christmas Tree
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 5 p.m. on the Capitol's West Front Lawn. The ceremony is open to the public and no tickets are required. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as the master of ceremonies. The Honorable John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House, will flip the switch to light the tree for the first time at dusk. This year's tree is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, 2014, and after traveling thousands...

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Contacts

Architect of the Capitol

Laura Condeluci
202.228.1793

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer
202.226.7102

Cannon Renewal

Kristen Frederick