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In Emanuel Leutze’s mural, a group of pioneers and their train of covered wagons are pictured at the continental divide, looking towards the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. The border depicts vignettes of exploration and frontier mythology. Beneath the central composition is a panoramic view of their destination “Golden Gate,” in San Francisco Bay.
Emanuel Leutze’s mural celebrates the western expansion of the United States....

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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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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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Food pantry photos courtesy of Richard Edmonds.
Edmonds hopes to leave behind a legacy that exemplifies how important it is to...

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Closures for the "Concert for Valor" on November 11

Nov 07, 2014

The "Concert for Valor: Saluting America's Veterans" is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 on the National Mall. There will be significant effects on travel, transit systems and parking throughout the District. It is important to note that this event will close many of the streets around the area of the National Mall. Street closures will begin at 6:00 AM on Tuesday, November 11, making access in and around Capitol Hill more difficult than normal due to the anticipated number of concert attendees. Further information about the concert, as well as a map detailing street closures may be...

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2014 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Oct 29, 2014

Tree Lighting 2012
2014 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by Speaker of the House John A. Boehner during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, on the Capitol’s West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as master of ceremonies. 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 is currently traveling from Minnesota across the country, making stops in nearly 30 communities along the way. “The Capitol Christmas...

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Safety Exercise October 28

Oct 27, 2014

The Architect of the Capitol will conduct a safety exercise the morning of October 28, 2014, at the Capitol Power Plant. The exercise will consist of a safety team in appropriate protective gear performing mock-evacuation procedures. The U.S. Capitol Police, D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the Office of the Attending Physician will also participate in the safety drill. Safety team assembly will occur near the Capitol Power Plant front gate and near the Adams Building on 2nd Street SE. The safety exercise will begin at 7:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude by 9:30 a.m. The...

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Temporary Capitol House Closure

Jul 10, 2014

East front of the Capitol.
Monday, July 21 - Final Update: AOC's contractor completed work in the East Grand Staircase on the House side of the Capitol this weekend. The Staircase and connecting corridors are now open. ============== Monday, July 14 - Update: AOC's contractor plans to begin delivering and installing scaffolding in the East Grand Staircase following the last votes in the House tonight. Once the scaffolding is in place, the contractor will install additional plastic sheeting in the ceiling of the East Grand Staircase. This is necessary for the contractor to resume abatement work. The contractor will...

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Architect of the Capitol Announces New U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director

Jul 09, 2014

Photographic portrait of Ari Novy, Ph.D., as Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden
The Architect of the Capitol announces the selection of Ari Novy, Ph.D., as Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). “Dr. Novy is a plant biologist with a wide range of expertise in plant science and an amazing passion to educate people about the importance of plants,” said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol and Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. “His vision and leadership will move the Garden's mission forward in exciting ways.” Novy first came to the USBG as Public Programs Manager and was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in 2013. Prior to...

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Special events to affect Capitol access and tours, June 24 and 26

Jun 23, 2014

June 24, 2014 – A ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. Because of this ceremony, the second floor of the U.S. Capitol will be unavailable for public and staff-led tours on June 24. In addition, public and staff-led tours will be restricted from the first floor of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 2:30 p.m. Please note that at times during and after this event, the Capitol Police...

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