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National Garden
The National Garden was created as a place for visitors to experience the...

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Visitor Hours for the Buildings on Capitol Hill
Visitor Hours for the Buildings on Capitol Hill.

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Stewardship
The Architect of the Capitol is committed to the preservation and stewardship...

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Hart Roof Repair Lift
Construction activities for the repair and replacement of the Hart Senate...

Senate Office Buildings

The first congressional office buildings were constructed immediately after the turn of the century to relieve overcrowding in the Capitol. Previously, members who wanted office space had to rent quarters or borrow space in committee rooms. The Russell Senate Office Building, occupied in 1909, is the oldest of the Senate office buildings, with the Dirksen and Hart Buildings being constructed later to provide additional space for the U.S. Senate.

 

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