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Preserving Historic Windows and Doors

By Kristen Frederick

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.

Restoring the windows of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
October 1, 2014
Quite a few Architect of the Capitol employees commute by bike, forming a group that meets monthly to work on promoting cycling to fellow AOC employees.More »
April 24, 2017
Being at the U.S. Capitol can be a family affair, literally!More »
November 17, 2011
Preparing the Christmas tree is a true team effort for the Architect of the Capitol. Find out how we work around the clock from tree selection to arrival, decoration and lighting.More »
January 6, 2016
The warmer temperatures have helped the AOC get ahead on other projects, but as the winter season continues, everyone is keeping a close eye on the forecast.More »
May 20, 2014
Next time you're in Statuary Hall on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the House Chamber, look closely.More »
2017 War Gardens
November 15, 2017
To mark the centennial of the U.S. entering World War I, Library Buildings and Grounds staff recreated period-appropriate "War Gardens."More »
Juan Sandoval and Jose Hernandez using a lewis to remove stones from Olmsted Terrace.
September 29, 2014
Addressing the stone pandemic across the Capitol campus takes a team of historic preservationists, structural engineers and stonemasons, among others. More »
October 16, 2014
While the Architect of the Capitol's core mission is to preserve the buildings in our care, we realize that preserving knowledge is just as important. More »
June 10, 2013
From the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to the Zoning Commission — the Architect of the Capitol, both individually and organizationally, has many roles that extend well beyond what most might expect.More »
Elliott Woods, 6th Architect of the Capitol
May 25, 2017
Described during his lifetime as hardworking and humble, our sixth Architect of the Capitol can be considered an American success story.More »
AOC's Joel Evans standing with the Supreme Court Building in the background.
April 19, 2017
What started as a boy's after-school project request has turned into a man's mission.More »
June 13, 2016
Millions of Americans volunteer every year, but few feel compelled to form their own organization. This doing good story is of an Architect of the Capitol employee who saw a problem in his community that had no solution, so he created one by starting his own non-profit.More »
October 22, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, reflects on the AOC's effort to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome.More »
May 24, 2011
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the stone exterior of the U.S. Capitol as well as the exteriors of all of the other buildings on Capitol Hill. As the buildings have aged, the challenge of caring for their ornate stone facades has only increased.More »
July 17, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region, including several off-site facilities in Fort Meade, Maryland.More »

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