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 The United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. against a blue sky background.
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Visitor Guide Gives Tour of Rotunda
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Beth Burrous, Biochemist and USBG Volunteers having a discussion inside a greenhouse
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One Team, One Mission, One Day

Sep 28, 2012

AOC employees hang flags and bunting in preparation for the 2009 Inaugural
Inauguration at the Capitol takes a team effort to pull together, and planning for the event begins as soon as the previous inagural ends. Take a behind the scenes look at AOC's role in this event.   At noon on January 20, 2009, the polished brass doors on the West Front of the Capitol gleamed. Thousands of chairs glistened in the winter sun. Red, white and blue flags and bunting fluttered in a cold breeze. Hundreds of Architect of the Capitol staff, who had helped plan, construct, secure, set up, clean, procure and organize the 56th Presidential Inauguration held their collective breaths as...

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First Nail Ceremony Kicks off Inauguration Construction

Sep 21, 2012

First Nail Ceremony: From left to right: Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Harry Reid, Representative John Boehner, Representative Eric Cantor, Representative Nancy Pelosi.
On September 20, 2012, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, joined members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to drive in the “First Nail” marking the beginning of construction of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural platform. Ayers kicked off the event by saying that, “It is a tremendous honor to be a part of this historic event. The Architect of the Capitol’s involvement dates back to the 1860’s when the Presidential Inauguration began to involve more public participation, and arrangements were made to make the event more accessible to the people...

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Master Illusionists of Capitol Hill

Aug 31, 2012

AOC Capitol jurisdiction decorative painters create a faux marble fireplace.
Turing wood into marble, metal into wood, one dimensional into three dimensional; these are all “tricks” of the trade for the painters of the Architect of the Capitol. “We make a lot of things look like something they are not,” said Cori Wright, assistant supervisor painter and decorator for the Capitol Building (and 2012 Winner of the Washington Post “Peeps Show” — dioramas made from Peeps marshmallows). “Or we make something that has been put into a space disappear,” adds AOC “rookie” decorative painter, Ben Roberts, who joined the AOC Capitol jurisdiction this spring.   The men and women...

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Inauguration Construction

Aug 31, 2012

Inauguration 2009 at the U.S. Capitol Building
Beginning Monday, September 10, 2012, the lower terrace of the West Front of the U.S. Capitol will be closed for construction of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural stands. Fencing is being erected around the construction site and there will be no access to the Member and staff entrance on the lower terrace.   The West Front will be re-opened in mid-February 2013 following the Inaugural activities and the removal of the stands.    The Presidential swearing-in takes place on Monday, January 21, 2013, since January 20, 2013, is a Sunday. S. Con. Res 35 established January 21, 2013, as the official...

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Capitol Reflecting Pool Undergoing Annual Cleaning and Inspection

Jun 01, 2012

Capitol building behind the Reflecting Pool
  The Architect of the Capitol’s Capitol Grounds staff has begun draining the Capitol reflecting pool today (June 1, 2012) in order to complete the annual cleaning and inspection. The work will take approximately two weeks.    The Capitol Reflecting Pool is located at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, DC. Six acres in size, it occupies over half of the area called Union Square. It is set into a plaza that includes, on the east, the Ulysses S. Grant memorial; to its west is a tree-dotted grassy area that extends to Third Streets, NW and SW. Nearby tourist destinations...

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Capitol Curriculum: Enticing Educational Inititiatives

May 16, 2012

An education cart at the Capitol Visitor Center teaches children about the construction of the U.S. Capitol and the workers who helped to build it.
U.S. Botanic Garden “We don’t have pandas.” That’s the challenge that U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) Education Specialist Libby Rhoads and all of the Architect of the Capitol's educators and public programmers face as they try to entice course participants to learn more about the Capitol and Grounds beyond what they see on a standard tour. Rhoads, who began working for the AOC in 2008 as an intern through the George Washington Museum Education Program, is in charge of preparing the USBG’s inspiring range of educational programs that encourage people to investigate plants and the science of...

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