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The Old Supreme Court Chamber is the first room constructed for the use of the nation's highest judiciary body and was used by the Court from 1810 until 1860. Built by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, it was a significant architectural achievement, for the size and structure of its vaulted, semicircular ceiling were virtually unprecedented in the United States.
The Old Supreme Court Chamber is the first room constructed for the use of the...

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AOC Capitol jurisdiction decorative painters create a faux marble fireplace.
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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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Food for Thought Exhibit Now at U.S. Botanic Garden

May 31, 2013

David Rogers' Big Bugs wooden sculptures adorning the Garden grounds.
From May 25, 2013 - October 14, 2013, the U.S. Botanic Garden "Food for Thought" highlights U.S. Botanic Garden plant collections in this annual outdoor Terrace exhibit, featuring plants with culinary, ornamental, medicinal and cultural value. Find inspiration to cook something new, plant food for pollinators or even grow your own food. Explore the U.S. Botanic Garden's Conservatory Terrace to see some amazing food plants, both familiar and exotic, from around the globe. Get lost in thought and wander through David Rogers' Big Bugs(tm) wooden sculptures adorning the Garden grounds.  This...

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Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room Dedicated at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Apr 16, 2013

Plaque dedicating the Gabriel Zimmerman Meeting Room plaque
On April 16, 2013, pursuant to H Res 364, the U.S. House of Representatives dedicated Meeting Room HVC-215 in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to the memory of Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman. The plaque includes the following inscription: GABRIEL ZIMMERMAN MEETING ROOM GABRIEL “GABE” ZIMMERMAN COMMITTED PUBLIC SERVANT; FRIEND TO ALL 1980-2011 THIS MEETING ROOM IS DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF GABE ZIMMERMAN, WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED SERVING THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA WHILE CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES AS AN AIDE TO REPRESENTATIVE GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. HIS DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY AND TO THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS...

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Rosa Parks Statue Joins U.S. Capitol Art Collection

Feb 21, 2013

A view of National Statuary Hall
The bronze statue of Rosa Parks was unveiled in a ceremony on Wednesday, February 27, in National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, today shared some details about the Rosa Parks statue that is slated to join the U.S. Capitol Art Collection following an unveiling ceremony on February 27, 2013, hosted by 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).   Authorized by Public Law 109-116, as modified by...

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Architect of the Capitol

Laura Condeluci
202.228.1793

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer
202.226.7102

Cannon Renewal

Justin Kieffer
202.226.7102