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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
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Richard Edmonds, Industrial Engineering Technician at the Capitol Power Plant.
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New Perspective, New Discoveries: A Close-up Look at Crawford's Progress of Civilization

By Michele Cohen, Ph.D.

We have made some interesting discoveries about the details of the sculptures and the sources of some of the depicted figures; we discovered and solved a few puzzles, and we also came across a few mysteries that we're still working on (and we'd welcome your help!).

The Progress of Civilization pediment on the East Front of the Capitol.
The Progress of Civilization pediment on the East Front of the Capitol.
September 28, 2016
We have made some interesting discoveries about the details of the sculptures and the sources of some of the depicted figures; we discovered and solved a few puzzles, and we also came across a few mysteries that we're still working on (and we'd welcome your help!).More »
Black and white photo of Genius of America pediment.
September 1, 2016
A variety of letters and numbers appear on buildings or in art work on Capitol Hill.More »
Phlox paniculata at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
July 27, 2016
Just like us, plants need special care in the extreme heat. Following these tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden will help protect your plants during the hottest days of summer. More »
Up close detail of bronze figure on the Grant Memorial.
July 18, 2016
When work on the bronze components and marble pedestals is completed this fall, viewers will again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.More »
A garden gnome placed in an open "tiny" door in the U.S. Capitol.
July 14, 2016
Guesses for what is behind the Capitol Building's smallest doors are as varied as the architectural details that encompass the Capitol campus. The correct explanation for their existence involves Christmas Eve, the Library of Congress and engineer Montgomery Meigs.More »
Constantino Brumidi's portrait of Alexander Hamilton in the President's Room of the U.S. Capitol.
July 11, 2016
With the recent Kennedy Center announcement that the award-winning musical "Hamilton" is coming to Washington, D.C., the options to explore and experience one of our Founding Fathers in our nation's capital has never been better.More »
Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)
July 7, 2016
Some of the most majestic and unmistakable trees on campus were planted during the Olmsted period.More »
Bright sun behind a silhouetted Capitol Dome and Statue of Freedom.
July 6, 2016
If you live, work or visit Capitol Hill, stay alert for signs that you, a colleague or a loved one is too hot.More »
AOC's John Lamberton, Assistant Supervisor, selects the proper copper pipe size for a job.
July 1, 2016
While the most frequent calls from building occupants are related to climate, being successful in this line of work is about more than overcoming hot and cold conditions.More »
The U.S. Capitol can be seen over the wetlands area of the National Garden.
June 21, 2016
Opened to the public on October 1, 2006, the National Garden is a key element of the USBG, along with the Conservatory and Bartholdi Park.More »
Capitol Building Sheet Metal Shop auto brake.
June 17, 2016
The U.S. Capitol Building Sheet Metal Shop has introduced a new auto brake machine which offers an unprecedented capacity to bend metal that is integral to the many renowned projects around the U.S. Capitol.More »
Kaizen Life Skills group photo.
June 13, 2016
Millions of Americans volunteer every year, but few feel compelled to form their own organization. AOC's Greg Smith saw a problem in his community that had no solution, so he created one by starting his own non-profit.More »
One of the Olmsted hardscape lanterns at the U.S. Capitol.
June 7, 2016
We are all an assembly of parts, pieces and life experiences, and we bring those experiences to the things we do every day.More »
The green roof in bloom at the Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, a Library of Congress facility managed by the AOC.
June 2, 2016
A 30 percent reduction in energy consumption is a major accomplishment. Take a look back at how we got there, and find out where we're going.More »
Meigs' name visible on tie rod nuts in the Dome's boilerplate plenum.
June 1, 2016
Meigs was notorious for seizing opportunities to get his name inscribed on any items related to these monumental projects that he could. Recently, another permanent signature was discovered.More »

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