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Thurgood Marshall Building
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A virtual Map of Capitol Hill from above
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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Ginseng, the Divine Root.
Learn about ginseng from author David A. Taylor on September 26 at noon.

News & Notices

Senator Inouye Lying in State

Dec 19, 2012

The casket of Senator Daniel K. Inouye Lying in State
Senator Daniel K. Inouye will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, December 20. All tours of the Capitol will be suspended on that day. On Friday, December 21, tours will resume at noon. The Capitol Visitor Center will be open on Thursday only for those wishing to pay their respects, official visitors or individuals who have House or Senate Gallery passes. Entry for the viewing, which will take place on Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., is through the Capitol Visitor Center. Those who plan to attend should consult the list of prohibited items at the U.S. Capitol before arriving. The...

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Cogeneration at the Capitol Power Plant

Dec 17, 2012

Capitol Power Plant
Cogeneration technology was identified as an energy efficient and cost effective means to meet future energy requirements for the Capitol Power Plant by generating on-site power.

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Capitol Christmas Tree arrives on November 26

Nov 05, 2012

2011 Capitol Christmas Tree lit up at night
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front of the Capitol along First Street, NW, at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2012. This year’s tree — a 65-foot Engelmann spruce — is from the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest in Colorado.  It was harvested on November 2, and is currently traveling from Colorado across the country; making stops in 28 communities along the way. After it arrives at the U.S. Capitol and is secured in the ground, the tree will be decorated with approximately 5,000 ornaments, handcrafted by Coloradans to reflect this year’s theme...

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One Team, One Mission, One Day

Sep 28, 2012

AOC employees hang flags and bunting in preparation for the 2009 Inaugural
Inauguration at the Capitol takes a team effort to pull together, and planning for the event begins as soon as the previous inagural ends. Take a behind the scenes look at AOC's role in this event.   At noon on January 20, 2009, the polished brass doors on the West Front of the Capitol gleamed. Thousands of chairs glistened in the winter sun. Red, white and blue flags and bunting fluttered in a cold breeze. Hundreds of Architect of the Capitol staff, who had helped plan, construct, secure, set up, clean, procure and organize the 56th Presidential Inauguration held their collective breaths as...

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First Nail Ceremony Kicks off Inauguration Construction

Sep 21, 2012

First Nail Ceremony: From left to right: Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Harry Reid, Representative John Boehner, Representative Eric Cantor, Representative Nancy Pelosi.
On September 20, 2012, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, joined members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to drive in the “First Nail” marking the beginning of construction of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural platform. Ayers kicked off the event by saying that, “It is a tremendous honor to be a part of this historic event. The Architect of the Capitol’s involvement dates back to the 1860’s when the Presidential Inauguration began to involve more public participation, and arrangements were made to make the event more accessible to the people...

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Master Illusionists of Capitol Hill

Aug 31, 2012

AOC Capitol jurisdiction decorative painters create a faux marble fireplace.
Turing wood into marble, metal into wood, one dimensional into three dimensional; these are all “tricks” of the trade for the painters of the Architect of the Capitol. “We make a lot of things look like something they are not,” said Cori Wright, assistant supervisor painter and decorator for the Capitol Building (and 2012 Winner of the Washington Post “Peeps Show” — dioramas made from Peeps marshmallows). “Or we make something that has been put into a space disappear,” adds AOC “rookie” decorative painter, Ben Roberts, who joined the AOC Capitol jurisdiction this spring.   The men and women...

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