Stewards of the iconic buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill since 1793.

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William Henry Powell’s painting of the Discovery of the Mississippi by De Soto shows Spanish conquistador and explorer Hernando De Soto (1500–1542), riding a white horse and dressed in Renaissance finery, arriving at the Mississippi River at a point below Natchez on May 8, 1541.
William Henry Powell’s dramatic and brilliantly colored canvas was the last of...

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Screenshot of Google Maps image of United States Capitol and surrounding areas.
Located at the center of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Building and other...

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Publications
The Architect of the Capitol annually publishes a wide variety of publications...

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War of 1812
The War of 1812 Tour: Three Points of View Weekdays at 11 a.m. – Join a...

Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs

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The Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs (SFEP) is responsible for ensuring AOC’s compliance with safety, fire and environmental laws and regulations. SFEP, comprised of the Safety and Environmental and Fire Marshal Divisions, establishes policy, conducts oversight and coordinates emergency planning and preparedness. The SFEP is the primary point of contact with external regulatory agencies for AOC’s occupational safety and health, fire protection and environmental matters.

Learn more about AOC's committment to safety.