Painting depicting the Pilgrims on the deck of the ship Speedwell
This painting depicts the Pilgrims on the deck of the ship Speedwell on July...


The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...


Associate architects from DeWitt, Poor, Swanke, Shelton & Almond selecting materials for exterior of Library of Congress Madison Building.
Today, a Congressional Gold Medal will be presented in recognition of the...

News & Notices

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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U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda Reopening

Apr 25, 2014

Safety canopy rising inside the interior dome of the Capitol
MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY  Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda Reopening  WHO: Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP WHAT: The Architect of the Capitol will conduct a briefing for media on the reopening of the U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda after completion of the safety netting installation and provide a status update on the Dome Restoration Project. The event is open to credentialed media from the House and Senate Media Galleries. WHEN: April 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (media set-up at 4:30 p.m.). WHERE: Capitol Rotunda - credentialed media...

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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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