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

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This painting by Allyn Cox depicts the cornerstone laying ceremony and is currently on display in the House Wing of the U.S. Capitol Building.
The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday, September 18, 1793, during the first...

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A crowd of people visiting the Capitol during visitor hours
Please note: Many of these Capitol Hill buildings are working office buildings...

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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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Military Bands Summer Concert Series 2014
The 2014 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Navy Band on Monday,...

Trades and Areas of Practice

  • The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the stone exterior of the U.S. Capitol as well as the exteriors of all of the other buildings on Capitol Hill.
    The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for the preservation and...
     
  • USBG Worker
    AOC gardeners care for the grounds of the Capitol Building, the Congressional...
     
  • The Architect of the Capitol’s maintenance mechanics work around the clock to ensure the facilities are always performing to the best of their ability, supporting the building occupants and visitors.
    The Architect of the Capitol’s maintenance mechanics work around the clock to...
     
  • Across Capitol Hill AOC Electricians are responsible for thousands of miles of wiring and more than 100,000 light fixtures.
    Across Capitol Hill AOC Electricians are responsible for thousands of miles of...
     

Employees in various trades such as electricians, plumbers, masons, and carpenters maintain the facilities and infrastructure in optimal condition.

Gardeners and landscapre professionals create colorful displays and care for hundreds of acres of lawns and plantings. All of these efforts are directed at making the work of the Congress, the Supreme Court, and Library of Congress – and the experience of the millions of visitors annually – as smooth, efficient and enjoyable as possible.

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