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Outside view of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory and sign.
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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Statue of John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr.
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2015 Military Bands Summer Concert Series

May 26, 2015

Military Band Concert playing at night in front of the Capitol.
The 2015 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Navy Band on Monday, June 1. All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front Steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting. Set-up will begin at 4:00 p.m. Monday Evenings 2015 U.S. Navy Band June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July 6, 13, 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Tuesday Evenings 2015 U.S. Air Force Band June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 7, 14, 21, 28 August 4, 11, 18, 25 Wednesday Evenings 2015 U.S. Marine Band June 3, 10, 17, 24 July 8, 15, 22, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26 Thursday Evenings 2015 U.S. Marine...

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Restoration to Begin

Apr 27, 2015

Photo of the damage to be restored on the Grant Memorial.
April 27 is the 193rd anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant, and coincidentally it marks the beginning of conservation efforts to restore the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial to its original glory. The Memorial is the largest statuary group in Washington, D.C., and the sculpture of Grant is among the largest equestrian statues in the world. The care of the Grant Memorial was transferred to the Architect of the Capitol in late 2011. Weather and time have not been kind, and upon transfer, the AOC addressed immediate safety issues and repaired the most visibly deteriorated conditions throughout...

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Saving Energy at the AOC

Apr 17, 2015

Saving Energy in the Workplace
Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must maintain aging, iconic buildings while adapting to state-of-the-art technology and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations. On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the AOC is proud to announce the advancement of a continued focus to strengthen a culture of sustainability across Capitol Hill. Ten years ago the AOC received a congressional mandate to reduce our energy 30 percent by the end of FY 2015. Today we have significant progress to report, through March our energy...

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U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda Restoration

Dec 22, 2014

Photo of damage to be restored.
WASHINGTON — H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015, enacted this week, funds the Architect of the Capitol through September 30, 2015. Included within this funding is $21.2 million for the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda. The Rotunda is among the most recognizable and hallowed spaces within all of America’s public buildings. The Rotunda is used for important ceremonial events, such as the lying in state of eminent citizens, the awarding of Congressional Gold Medals and the dedication of works of art. Due to the extensive exterior damage on...

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Will Shine on December 2

Nov 24, 2014

2008 Capitol Christmas Tree
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 5 p.m. on the Capitol's West Front Lawn. The ceremony is open to the public and no tickets are required. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as the master of ceremonies. The Honorable John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House, will flip the switch to light the tree for the first time at dusk. This year's tree is a white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota. It was harvested on October 29, 2014, and after traveling thousands...

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U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project Media Availability

Nov 17, 2014

Dome scaffolding photo.
November 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. The Architect of the Capitol will conduct a briefing for media on the completion of the scaffolding and the start of repairs for the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration Project. The event is open to credentialed media from the House and Senate Media Galleries. Media must RSVP to their respective galleries. Meeting point for escort to event is outside Capitol SB-16. TV should arrive by 9:30 a.m. Other media should assemble at 10:30 a.m. The last escort to event departs at 10:45 a.m. - no access will be provided after this time. Images of the scaffolding assembly,...

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Laura Condeluci
202.228.1793

Dome Restoration

Justin Kieffer
202.226.7102

Cannon Renewal

Justin Kieffer
202.226.7102