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Bartholdi Fountain
In 1877 the United States paid $6,000 for an iron fountain sculpted by...

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Guided Tours: Buildings on Capitol Hill
Official Tours of the U.S. Capitol Building are offered Monday through...

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AOC gardener at the U.S. Botanic Garden
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Chocolate for Your Valentine Cooking Demonstration
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U.S. Capitol Dome
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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Preparations are underway, near 2nd St and Washington Ave SW, for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (http://www.avdlm.org/). Memorial construction in and around the footprint of the site (from the southwest of Washington Avenue and northeast of 2nd Street SW) will continue through the fall of 2014. Minor street and lane closures will occur as construction work continues.Update: January 7, 2014 — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has completed realigning and repaving the streets in the area to... More »

Scaffolidng along the Inner Corridors for the Brumidi Corridors Restoration
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

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

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Elevator
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

The AOC is currently making life safety improvements to the Capitol Building’s elevator emergency power system. This work will primarily be performed in mechanical and service spaces; therefore minimizing the impacts on building occupants. Construction on the Senate side of the Capitol is currently underway.

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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 »

Status: Ongoing Building: Capitol Grounds

As the Dome Restoration Project enters the preparing phase of the effort, trucks will begin to deliver equipment and supplies to the East and West Fronts of the U.S. Capitol beginning January 8, 2014. These deliveries will occur between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flagmen will direct pedestrians to use the sidewalk during the delivery process for safety. Additionally, a staging area will be... More »

Work is underway at the northwest corner of the Library of Congress John Adams Building
Status: Ongoing Building: U.S. Library of Congress

Work is underway at the northwest corner of the Library of Congress John Adams Building to replace the existing emergency generator with one that provides more than twice the power.

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Olmsted Fountain
Status: Ongoing Building: Capitol Grounds

Olmsted Fountains basins on the East Front Plaza will be cleaned this spring

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North Steps to Senate Entrance
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

AOC is undertaking a project to repair, clean and preserve the Olmsted Terrace masonry walls around the Capitol Building. The first phase of the project includes the dismantling, repair, reinstallation and comprehensive restoration of the Capitol's north approach walls (near the Senate doors), pedestal, steps and curb. Due to safety considerations, the sidewalk and steps located on the north approach to the Capitol Building will be closed until September 30, 2014. Barricades and signage will also be placed at various locations directing the pedestrian traffic around the active work zone... More »

Scaffolding for the Russell Rotunda Preservation and Fire Protection Project
Status: Ongoing Building: Senate Office Buildings

The Architect of the Capitol is currently installing a new automatic fire sprinkler system in the Russell Senate Office Building, adjacent to the Kennedy Caucus Room and the Russell Rotunda. 

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