Abraham Lincoln statue
The statue of President Abraham Lincoln in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol...



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

Architect of the Capitol Announces New U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director

Jul 09, 2014

Photographic portrait of Ari Novy, Ph.D., as Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden
The Architect of the Capitol announces the selection of Ari Novy, Ph.D., as Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). “Dr. Novy is a plant biologist with a wide range of expertise in plant science and an amazing passion to educate people about the importance of plants,” said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol and Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. “His vision and leadership will move the Garden's mission forward in exciting ways.” Novy first came to the USBG as Public Programs Manager and was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in 2013. Prior to...

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Special events to affect Capitol access and tours, June 24 and 26

Jun 23, 2014

June 24, 2014 – A ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. Because of this ceremony, the second floor of the U.S. Capitol will be unavailable for public and staff-led tours on June 24. In addition, public and staff-led tours will be restricted from the first floor of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 2:30 p.m. Please note that at times during and after this event, the Capitol Police...

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Rotunda Reopen

May 22, 2014

3:18 pm, May 22 - The Capitol Rotunda has reopened. Earlier today, a small piece of protective padding between the scaffold and Rotunda walls dislodged and fell to the Rotunda floor. The Architect of the Capitol directed the Dome Restoration contractor to more securely fasten the padding. They also performed a thorough inspection of the scaffolding and canopy, which were found to be secure. Media Contact: Justin Kieffer jkieffer@aoc.gov

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Temporary Rotunda Closure

May 22, 2014

2:30 p.m. - The Capitol Rotunda is temporarily closed and will be reopened as soon as possible. The closure is out of an abundance of caution to allow inspections to the protective canopy in the Rotunda after a small piece of protective padding between the scaffold and Rotunda walls dislodged. Information about the Rotunda reopening will be provided as soon as available. Media Contact: Justin Kieffer jkieffer@aoc.gov

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AOC Receives Third Consecutive CEAR Award for Financial Reporting

May 21, 2014

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) received its third consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award from the Association of Government Accountants for its annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The annual CEAR award recognizes high-quality Performance and Accountability Reports (PARs) and Agency Financial Reports (AFRs) that effectively illustrate and assess financial and program performance, accomplishments and challenges, cost and accountability. “The Architect of the Capitol strives to maintain a high standard of government management...

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Military Bands Summer Concert Series 2014

May 13, 2014

Military Band Concert playing at night in front of the Capitol
The 2014 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Navy Band on Monday, June 2, 2014. All concerts start at 8 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front Steps (National Mall side) - weather permitting.  U.S. Navy Band - Monday Evenings June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7, 14, 21, 28 August 11, 18, 25 U.S. Air Force Band - Tuesday Evenings June 3, 10, 17, 24 July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26 U.S. Marine Band - Wednesday and some Thursday Evenings June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 July 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 30 August 6, 13, 20, 27 U.S. Army Band -  Friday Evenings and some...

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Architect of the Capitol

Laura Condeluci

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer

Cannon Renewal

Kristen Frederick