Serving Congress and the Supreme Court, preserving America's Capitol, and inspiring memorable experiences

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United States Capitol - 1846
The history of the United States Capitol Building begins in 1793. Since then,...

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

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AOC gardener at the U.S. Botanic Garden
Information about working for the Architect of the Capitol:

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Ralph Zollicoffer, Painter's Helper at the AOC
“You’ve got to shine,” says Tony Blue, a woodcrafter’s helper working for AOC...

Trades and Areas of Practice

  • Masonry
    The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for the preservation and...
     
  • Gardeners
    AOC gardeners care for the grounds of the Capitol Building, the Congressional...
     
  • Maintenance Mechanics
    The Architect of the Capitol’s maintenance mechanics work around the clock to...
     
  • Electrical
    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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