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In the late 19th century the architectural style of the Thomas Jefferson Building was said to be "Italian Renaissance." Today, it is recognized as a premier example of the Beaux Arts style, which is theatrical, heavily ornamented and kinetic. It is a style perfectly suited to a young, wealthy, and imperialistic nation in its Gilded Age.
The Library of Congress began in 1800 with a small appropriation to buy...

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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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"Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots" graphic.
This special exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden is on display February 21...

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Jul 09, 2014
The Architect of the Capitol announces the selection of Ari Novy, Ph.D.,...
Jun 23, 2014
June 24, 2014 – A ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964...
May 22, 2014
3:18 pm, May 22 - The Capitol Rotunda has reopened. Earlier today, a small...
May 22, 2014
2:30 p.m. - The Capitol Rotunda is temporarily closed and will be reopened...

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