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Thurgood Marshall Building
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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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Photo of Saccharum officinarum.
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Projects

Capitol Dome Restoration
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, one of America’s great symbols of freedom, needs additional restoration as part of an on-going multi-phased program.

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Photo of sidewalk on Capitol Campus.
Status: Ongoing Building: Capitol Campus
The Architect of the Capitol continues to improve the accessible pathway for the Capitol campus. More »
Brumidi Conservation Work
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

The U.S. Capitol's Brumidi Corridors are undergoing an extensive restoration as part of the Brumidi Corridors Restoration Project.

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Plaster repairs underway at the U.S. Capitol
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

The AOC has identified areas throughout the Capitol that contain historic paint colors or decoration that need restoration. In many of these areas the plaster has cracked under the stress and weight of multiple paint layers, a result of decades of repainting wall and ceiling surfaces. These areas have been marked for paint analysis; a process that allows the AOC to record what finishes were used in the past before repairing the wall. This allows the area to be restored to its original appearance. Once an area has been documented, the walls must be stripped down to a stable surface that... More »

West Front Staging Area
Status: Ongoing Building: Capitol Grounds

In support of the Dome Restoration Project trucks deliver equipment and supplies to the East and West Fronts of the U.S. Capitol between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flagmen direct pedestrians to use the sidewalk during the delivery process for safety. Additionally, a staging area has been established on the northwest lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the duration of the project.... More »

Work Photography of a Worker repairing the Hart Roof at sunset.
Status: Ongoing Building: Senate Office Buildings

Construction activities for the repair and replacement of the Hart Senate Office Building’s roof and skylights are underway. In support of this effort, a portion of the sidewalk along C street, between the Hart and Dirksen Senate Office Buildings, will be closed through the summer of 2015. The sidewalk closure is required for a material hoist on the side of the building that will facilitate delivery of construction materials to the roof. Signage will be posted to assist pedestrian traffic affected by the sidewalk closure. The AOC has installed hanging scaffolding throughout the Hart... More »

Masons work on Olmsted Terrace Steps
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

AOC is undertaking a multi-year project to repair, clean and preserve the Olmsted Terrace masonry walls around the Capitol Building.

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Photo of Alexander Calder's Mountains and Clouds sculpture.
Status: Ongoing Building: Senate Office Buildings
During the upcoming construction activity, the four clouds will be lowered to the ground and fully assessed to ensure their structural integrity, including analysis against seismic design considerations. More »
Photo of the U.S. Capitol Building, West Front, Early April 2014.
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol
A multi-phased project designed to address deferred maintenance, extend the life expectancy of the deteriorated stone and to replace missing elements of the U.S. Capitol Building. More »
The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Status: Ongoing Building: Capitol Grounds

In spring 2015, the Architect of the Capitol began conservation efforts to restore the bronze monuments of the Grant Memorial located in Union Square. Work includes cleaning, waxing, repairing and conserving the existing bronze, and providing new bronze castings of missing or broken items. Initial stone work will include the cleaning and removal of patina bronze deposits from... More »

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