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News & Notices

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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Kennedy Center & United States Botanic Garden present First-Ever Collaboration on Two World Premiere Productions in 2015

Jul 20, 2015

The Kennedy Center and the United States Botanic Garden present Two World Premiere Productions, The Cerulean Time Capsule and Flowers Stink, FREE at the United States Botanic Garden, September and October, 2015.
(WASHINGTON)—The Kennedy Center and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) collaborate for the first time on two unique and inventive world premiere productions, The Cerulean Time Capsule and Flowers Stink, to be performed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in September and October, 2015. The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living museum filled with beautiful, inspiring plants as well as engaging exhibits. Part of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences 2015-2016 season and presented by the U. S. Botanic Garden, both productions are most appropriate for patrons ages seven and up. "Through this...

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"A Capitol Fourth" 2015 Concert Information

Jun 22, 2015

Photo of view from the Capitol to the National Mall in 2009.
The annual "A Capitol Fourth" concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m., is free and open to Members, their guests, staff and the general public. As is consistent with all major events, U.S. Capitol Police will have additional security measures in place. For complete concert details, visit: pbs.org/capitolfourth. Concert Entrances and Access Public Entrances to the West Front of the U.S. Capitol There will be four public entrances/security screening gates to the "A Capitol Fourth" concert. All entrances listed...

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Good News for Sustainable Landscapes

Jun 10, 2015

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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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Contacts

Architect of the Capitol

Laura Condeluci
202.228.1793

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer
202.226.7102

Cannon Renewal

Kristen Frederick