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Photograph of people walking outside on a Self-Guided Tour of Capitol Hill
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Photo of Capitol Hill steps.
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Capitol view through bicycle spokes.
Quite a few Architect of the Capitol employees commute by bike, forming a group...
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Exploring Orchid Diversity

By Devin Dotson

Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent and many other aspects.

Orchid Show at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Cohen watches the recasting of missing pieces from the Grant Memorial at a foundry in Pennsylvania.
March 16, 2016
The Curator Division's commitment to building knowledge continues to thrive under new leadership.More »
Tuning fork used by Meigs to ensure that iron placed in the Dome was sound, along with copies of Meigs' writing and pieces of cast iron recovered from the Dome during the restoration project.
March 10, 2016
Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does AOC have one – and what makes it cool?More »
The Capitol Dome at night, as seen behind one of the East Front Olmsted fountains.
October 18, 2012
The AOC masons get the Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even wake.More »
March 24, 2014
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the care and preservation of the artwork in the U.S. Capitol, but our role extends even further. AOC Curator Barbara Wolanin details her involvement in evaluating and advising on new statues and busts before they even enter the Capitol.More »
Shamello Aslan discusses networking resources at a recent meeting of women who work for the Architect of the Capitol.
March 2, 2016
Architects, lawyers, archivists, curators, engineers, human resources specialists, gardeners, custodians, technicians, arborists, technology developers and more are represented by female employees of the Architect of the Capitol. More »
Tray full of artifacts associated with the space.
July 23, 2015
When Visitor Guide John Claya encountered a guest with a visual disability near the Old Supreme Court Chamber, he used a creative tool to help her "see" the room.More »
Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
June 3, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region. One such facility is the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, located 80 miles away from the Capitol in Culpeper, Virginia. I recently had the privilege to peak inside this fascinating facility.More »
Russell Jones of the AOC Construction Division demonstrates a cool tool for applying grout to the Olmsted wall.
December 1, 2016
A special tool helps our stone masons repair and replace the mortar in the low stone walls lining Capitol Square.More »
July 9, 2013
“We deal with a lot of history.” No, those aren’t the words of the AOC’s Curator office. It’s Ron Bailey, shop supervisor of the Library Buildings and Grounds Elevator Division, who runs some of the oldest elevator systems on Capitol Hill, the oldest of which date back to the 1930s. More »
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 »
His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the crowds assembled along the West Front.
October 14, 2015
Multiple jurisdictions worked together to prepare for Pope Francis' historic arrival at the U.S. Capitol last month, treating it much like a rehearsal for the next presidential inauguration. More »
The AOC Capitol Building Mason Shop successfully relocated the Magna Carta display to the Crypt.
January 21, 2011
It took both brawn and brains to move a beautiful (and hefty) treasure when the Magna Carta display was moved from the Capitol Rotunda to its new home in the Capitol Crypt.More »
Richard Edmonds, Industrial Engineering Technician at the Capitol Power Plant.
April 1, 2016
Our approach to sustainability and energy on Capitol Hill is built upon three defining elements... buildings, infrastructure and people.More »
Screenshot from the video.
June 7, 2013
Meet the AOC's decorative painters at the Library of Congress who work to preserve the ornate designs of one of the world's most beautiful buildings. Go behind the scenes to see the techniques used to keep the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building looking as striking as it did when it first opened in 1897. More »
AOC Employee, MJ Pajak bikes to work on the Capitol campus.
May 18, 2016
This passionate group of AOC employees aims to improve biking conditions around the Capitol campus.More »

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