Stewards of the iconic buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill since 1793.

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A crowd of visitors walking through the Capitol Visitor Center.
The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center provides a welcoming and educational...

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A crowd of people visiting the Capitol during visitor hours
Visitor Hours for the Buildings on Capitol Hill.

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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
 The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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CVC Visitor Guide Julie Butler leads a group of visitors through National Statuary Hall.
The ExCEL Program provides opportunities for jurisdictions to work together and...

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The AOC is responsible for the care and maintenance of more than 17 million square feet of buildings and 460 acres of grounds. Many of these structures are more than a century old and their constant upkeep is critical as they are working office buildings of the Congress and the Supreme Court. While some projects are highly visible, such as the restoration of the Capitol Dome; many are unseen, such as modernization of plumbing and electrical systems or refurbishment of offices.

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