The Rosa Parks bronze statue weighs 600 pounds and the granite pedestal, partially hollowed out inside, weighs 2,100 pounds. The pedestal is made of Raven Black granite and inscribed simply with her name and life dates, “Rosa Parks/1913–2005.
On February 27, 2013, a statue of Rosa Parks commissioned by Congress was...



Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...


Tower crane being installed at the Cannon House Office Building.
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the...

News & Notices

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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U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project Media Availability

Nov 17, 2014

Dome scaffolding photo.
November 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. The Architect of the Capitol will conduct a briefing for media on the completion of the scaffolding and the start of repairs for the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project. The event is open to credentialed media from the House and Senate Media Galleries. Media must RSVP to their respective galleries. Meeting point for escort to event is outside Capitol SB-16. TV should arrive by 9:30 a.m. Other media should assemble at 10:30 a.m. The last escort to event departs at 10:45 a.m. - no access will be provided after this time. Images of the scaffolding assembly,...

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Closures for the "Concert for Valor" on November 11

Nov 07, 2014

The "Concert for Valor: Saluting America's Veterans" is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 on the National Mall. There will be significant effects on travel, transit systems and parking throughout the District. It is important to note that this event will close many of the streets around the area of the National Mall. Street closures will begin at 6:00 AM on Tuesday, November 11, making access in and around Capitol Hill more difficult than normal due to the anticipated number of concert attendees. Further information about the concert, as well as a map detailing street closures may be...

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2014 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Oct 29, 2014

Tree Lighting 2012
2014 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, on the Capitol’s West Front Lawn 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 is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, 2014, and is currently traveling from Minnesota across the country, making stops in nearly 30 communities along the way. “The Capitol Christmas...

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Architect of the Capitol

Laura Condeluci

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer

Cannon Renewal

Kristen Frederick