The Frieze of American History in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
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News & Notices

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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Put the Rotunda in Your Pocket

Jul 31, 2015

Screenshot from the U.S. Capitol rotunda mobile app.
​Knowing that the U.S. Capitol Rotunda would be closed to visitors between July 27 and September 7 to prepare for restoration, the Capitol Visitor Center began in January to develop a Rotunda app that allows visitors to:​ Take a virtual tour of the Rotunda with the help of 360-degree imaging Learn about each of the sculptures and paintings in the Rotunda Explore up close the fresco painting on the Rotunda ceiling Learn about the types of ceremonies that occur in the Rotunda Discover how the Rotunda was used as a hospital Find out about the Capitol Dome Restoration Project …and much...

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Architect of the Capitol

Laura Condeluci

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer

Cannon Renewal

Kristen Frederick