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News & Notices

Architect of the Capitol Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Testimony

Apr 08, 2014

On Tuesday April 8, 2014, Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol, testified before the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch regarding the Architect of the Capitol's Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations request. Written statement and images Media Contact Laura Condeluci AOC Communications Officer 202.228.1793 lcondelu@aoc.gov 

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AOC Monitoring Impact of HIgh Winds on Power at Capitol

Mar 12, 2014

On Wednesday, March 12, high winds in the Washington, D.C. area caused electrical power surges that impacted power supply to the U.S. Capitol. Architect of the Capitol (AOC) staff responded to Capitol outage reports at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening and made repairs by 9 p.m. AOC staff will continue to monitor the situation throughout the night.

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Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue to Join U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall Collection

Feb 26, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will dedicate a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, March 25 in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol. Widely regarded as America’s greatest agricultural scientist, Dr. Borlaug’s groundbreaking work in wheat improvement saved starving populations around the globe and earned him our nation’s highest honors. The statue will represent the...

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United States Botanic Garden opens two exhibitions in February

Feb 19, 2014

Orchid Symphony is on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden through April 27, 2014
This February, visit the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) to see two new exhibitions on display; American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants and Orchid Symphony. On Saturday, February 15, the USBG opened American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants, an exhibition of botanical illustrations. Native plants feed the regional biota, respond to our seasons and soils and reinforce our sense of place. This exhibition features original paintings and drawings of beautiful native plants and associated pollinators by members of Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE). These...

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AOC releases FY 2013 Performance and Accountability Report

Feb 04, 2014

The Architect of the Capitol's Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 is now available. This report provides the United States Congress and the American people information on AOC’s annual performance results, management challenges and financial accountability. The PAR provides programmatic and financial performance data for FY 2013. AOC uses the PAR to promote transparency and accountability over the federal funds it receives and to demonstrate its responsibility for the public property in its care. The PAR also shows AOC’s steadfast dedication to...

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Christmas Tree to arrive at U.S. Capitol on November 25

Nov 13, 2013

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol along First Street, NW, at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013. This year’s tree is an Engelmann spruce from the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest in Washington State. It was harvested on November 1, and is currently traveling from Washington across the country; making stops in 22 communities along the way. After it arrives at the U.S. Capitol and is secured in the ground, the tree will be decorated with thousands of ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year’s theme, “...

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Architect of the Capitol

Laura Condeluci
202.228.1793

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer
202.226.7102

Cannon Renewal

Justin Kieffer
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