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Dirksen Senate Office Building is a seven-story building faced in marble.
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Molten cast iron heated to more than 2,500 degrees is poured into the mold.
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News & Notices

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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AOC Launches U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration

Oct 22, 2013

The Capitol at Dawn
The United States Capitol Dome, symbol of American democracy and world-renowned architectural icon, was constructed of cast iron more than 150 years ago. The Dome has not undergone a complete restoration since 1959-1960 and due to age and weather is now plagued by more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies. Pitted and corroded acorn finial on Capitol Dome. (view more images of damage) This fall the Architect of the Capitol will begin a multi-year project to repair these deficiencies, restoring the Dome to its original, inspiring splendor and ensuring it can safely serve future generations of...

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AOC releases FY 2012 Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation Management Report

Aug 29, 2013

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has released the Fiscal Year 2012 Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation Management Report for Capitol Hill. In FY 2012, the AOC surpassed its annual energy reduction goals and achieved its sustainability objectives for the year. The Sustainability, Energy and Water Conservation Management Report describes the AOC’s efforts to reduce energy and water usage and tracks progress made through FY 2012, costs avoided as a result of energy savings, and expected outcomes for future years. The AOC is committed to a more energy-efficient and sustainable...

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Titan Arum in Bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Jul 10, 2013

Titan arum in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden
Update: The plant has completed its bloom cycle and is no longer on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden. The titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the corpse flower or stinky plant, is in bloom at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory. It went on display on Thursday, July 11, and began to bloom on Sunday, July 21. Once fully open, it may remain in bloom for 24 to 48 hours, and then it will collapse quickly.   The renown of the titan arum comes from its great size – it is reputed to have the largest known unbranched inflorescence in the plant kingdom. Referred to as the...

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Moving Offices - Improving Lives

Jul 08, 2013

Ralph Zollicoffer, Painter's Helper at the AOC poses with some cans of paint
“You’ve got to shine,” says Tony Blue, a woodcrafter’s helper working for AOC through a partnership with So Others Might Eat (SOME). “That’s what our SOME instructor told us—be on your best, do your best and always try to learn something different.” So Others Might Eat is a D.C.-based organization that provides comprehensive, holistic support to D.C. citizens who are homeless and poor. While many people know it for providing meals, and it does serve 1,000 meals a day, SOME also has a Center for Employment Training whose mission is to "empower people out of homelessness and poverty and into...

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