A Cascade of Books by Frank Eliscu (1912–1996) is a bronze sculptural screen that rises five stories above the main entrance to the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress. Measuring approximately 50 feet high by 35 feet wide, it consists of 98 open books, with some as large as five feet wide.
A Cascade of Books by Frank Eliscu (1912–1996) is a bronze sculptural screen...


The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Photo of Capitol Hill steps.
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The Capitol Crypt, which now houses statuary and exhibitions, was once used as an informal storage space where bicycles were parked, seen here circa 1900.
The term "crypt" has long referred to a space beneath the main floor...

Who We Are

Susan Adams

A photographic portrait of Susan AdamsDirector, Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs

Ms. Adams graduated from Clarkson College of Technology in 1983 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

Upon graduation, Ms. Adams was employed as a civilian employee with the Department of Navy at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, MD. For the first 10 years of her career, Ms. Adams held various positions in production and pre-production of ordnance. In 1993, Ms. Adams was promoted to Environmental Director and in 1996 to Safety Department Head. During her tenure, the Indian Head Division received a number of safety and environmental awards including the Navy Safety Award, the Department of Defense Environmental Quality Award (twice) and the Department of Defense Natural Resources Award.

Ms. Adams joined the Architect of the Capitol in January 2001, as Executive Officer for Facilities Management. Her duties included management of AOC’s safety, fire and environmental programs as well as management of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building and the AOC’s Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM) initiative. AOC organizational restructuring resulted in creation of the Office of Safety, Fire and Environmental Programs. As Director, Ms. Adams is responsible for management of these agency programs as well as the agency’s internal emergency preparedness program and the CAFM initiative.