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.

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12th Architect of the Capitol Sworn In

January 17, 2020

J. Brett Blanton has been sworn in as the 12th Architect of the Capitol. Blanton most recently served as the Deputy Vice President for Engineering at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lamp Posts Installed at Grant Memorial

June 25, 2019

Eight bronze lamp posts were recently installed by the Architect of the Capitol on the marble pedestal of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Washington, D.C. These posts are replicas of fixtures first designed and installed by Edward Pearce Casey, the architect for the memorial's pedestal.

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2019 Legislative Branch Industry Day

June 4, 2019

The Architect of the Capitol is hosting a Legislative Branch Industry Day on June 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in the Congressional Auditorium. This event is for contractors interested in doing business with the legislative branch, and is open to any business.

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New Exhibit Showcases 21 Public Gardens Across USA

May 20, 2019

The U.S. Botanic Garden presents a new exhibit Gardens Across America from May 24 through October 1, 2019. The exhibit showcases 21 public gardens from across the United States through vignettes created by each garden that display plants and items that illustrate the gardens' stories.

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Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service

May 14, 2019

The Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. This ceremony honors law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. The Roll Call of Heroes read will honor officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during calendar year.

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2019 Military Bands Capitol Summer Concert Series

May 1, 2019

The 2019 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the U.S. Navy Band on Monday, June 3. All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting.

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Exhibition Hall to Close in March

February 20, 2019

March 4, 2019, is the last day to visit Exhibition Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center before the space undergoes renovations through 2021. During the renovation period, the Capitol Visitor Center will continue to offer a full calendar of tours and programs.

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The Cannon Building's Refreshed Rotunda

December 21, 2018

The Cannon Building rotunda has been returned to its original appearance when the building opened in 1908. This beautiful space now reflects the original intent of Superintendent of the Capitol Building and Grounds Elliott Woods and the architectural firm of Carrère and Hastings.