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Dancing by Dawn's Early Light

By Franklin Bradley

Did you know that the 15,000-pound bronze Statue of Freedom, standing atop the cast iron of the U.S. Capitol Dome, dances every day?

Section, Revised Dome Design for U.S. Capitol. Pen, Ink and watercolor by Thomas U. Walter, 1859.
Section, Revised Dome Design for U.S. Capitol. Pen, Ink and watercolor by Thomas U. Walter, 1859.
May 21, 2019
Did you know that the 15,000-pound bronze Statue of Freedom, standing atop the cast iron of the U.S. Capitol Dome, dances every day? More »
The Blackjack painting discovered in the U.S. Capitol.
May 14, 2019
During a recent renovation at the U.S. Capitol Building, members of the Architect of the Capitol uncovered a long-forgotten painting of the famous horse.More »
The artifacts in this photograph were passed down through the family of Brumidi's third wife and given to the Architect of the Capitol.
May 6, 2019
Several artifacts were passed down through Brumidi's family and given to the Architect of the Capitol over a span of years beginning around 1961.More »
In April 2019, Christine Merdon was serving as the acting Architect of the Capitol.
April 30, 2019
Four quick questions with the acting Architect of the Capitol.More »
Paul Miller (left) and Anderson Alleyne (right) are two AOC employees that embody its mission to serve, preserve and inspire.
April 10, 2019
Employee spotlight on an AOC elevator mechanic who started as a night shift laborer in the U.S. Capitol and has continued to rise through the ranks.More »
United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. Section of south wing, 1800s drawing by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.
April 3, 2019
Thomas Jefferson, inspired by skylights he saw in Paris, prevailed upon the Architect of the Capitol to include something similar in the U.S. Capitol's new House chamber.More »
AOC employees test an underground utility locator on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
March 26, 2019
This cool tool enables the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to quickly respond to requests to dig on the U.S. Capitol grounds. More »
Restoring the windows of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
February 12, 2019
Preservation allows the building to retain much of its original character and charm, while increasing the building's functionality for those who work and visit within its walls.More »
Close-up view of bronze door handle in the shape of a snake. Once part of the entrance to the U.S. Capitol's House chamber.
February 8, 2019
A brief history of the Capitol Bronze Shop established by Montgomery Meigs for the Capitol Extension.More »
A bowler hat discovered during the renewal of the Cannon House Office Building.
January 3, 2019
During the process of renewing the Cannon House Office Building, workers have found hidden treasures that had been lost or discarded by the laborers who constructed the building more than 100 years ago.More »
December 18, 2018
How a successful immigrant family left their mark on the U.S. Capitol campus, and the AOC's work to clean and preserve a historic treasure.More »
Members of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum inspect a vehicle operating on the U.S. Capitol campus.
November 27, 2018
A story of AOC employees coming together to improve safety on the U.S. Capitol campus for everyone.More »
AOC employees exemplify One Team, One Mission.
November 16, 2018
The 11th Architect reveals his favorite and most important part of this organization: the spirit of AOC employees! More »
Participants and instructors after lunch at Eco City Farm.
November 6, 2018
The new Armed to Urban Farm program was a week-long training opportunity for military veterans that combined classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities.More »
AOC Director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum searches the Willamette National Forest in Oregon for the perfect U.S. Christmas Tree.
November 1, 2018
Travel to the Willamette National Forest in Oregon to select the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.More »

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