Public Notice

Capitol Visitor Center and U.S. Botanic Garden Temporarily Close to Visitors

March 30, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, the Capitol Visitor Center and the Conservatory of the United States Botanic Garden will temporarily close to the public until further notice to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus (COVID-19). The outdoor gardens and grounds remain open.

Public Notice

State of the Union Address Street Closures and Other Restrictions

January 29, 2020

Specific information for the United States Capitol campus regarding street closures, parking restrictions, access to the U.S. Capitol and other details concerning the Joint Session on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, when President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address.

Public Notice

12th Architect of the Capitol Sworn In

January 17, 2020

J. Brett Blanton has been sworn in as the 12th Architect of the Capitol. He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on December 9, 2019. Blanton most recently served as the Deputy Vice President for Engineering at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Public Notice

FY 2019 Performance and Accountability Report Available

November 21, 2019

The latest Architect of the Capitol (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's financial and performance results to inform Congress and the American people about what we have collectively achieved for the fiscal year.

Public Notice

2019 Holiday Show Celebrating America's Gardens

November 14, 2019

The 2019 U.S. Botanic Garden holiday show features plant-based recreations botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine. Model trains will chug around, below, through and above these iconic sights and other landmarks from across the United States. Opens Thanksgiving Day and is free to attend.

Public Notice

2019 Capitol Christmas Tree Ceremony Dates Announced

November 6, 2019

The 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was chosen from the Carson National Forest and is sponsored by the New Mexico Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall. Lighting Ceremony will take place December 4, 2019, on the West Front Lawn.

Public Notice

New Chief Administrative Officer: William R. O'Donnell

September 3, 2019

Mr. O'Donnell is a proven senior executive with extensive experience in leading large, high profile and complex business and administrative operations within the Federal government. Before joining the AOC, he served as Assistant for Administration reporting to the Under Secretary of the Navy.

Public Notice

2019 U.S. Capitol Labor Day Concert Prohibited Items and Street Closures

August 28, 2019

On September 1, 2019, the annual Labor Day Capitol Concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol. The following is information regarding street closures, parking restrictions, restricted access and other details regarding the event.

Public Notice

2019 "A Capitol Fourth" Concert Prohibited Items and Street Closures

July 1, 2019

On July 4 the annual "A Capitol Fourth" Concert, celebrating America's Independence Day, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. The following is information regarding street closures, parking restrictions, restricted access and other details regarding the event.