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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.
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 »
October 29, 2014
For two beautiful summer days in late July, I traveled around Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, to search for the perfect U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. More »
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 »
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 »
November 7, 2016
Those dedicated to managing the operation of the 10-year, five-phased Cannon Renewal discuss the project and what leadership means to them.More »
October 14, 2014
The House Office Buildings laborers continuously improve service delivery and efficiency, even if they have to face down a wolf to do it.More »
May 14, 2018
Celebrating the men and women of the United States Capitol Police who put their lives on the line to protect America's beacon of democracy.More »
The Capitol Dome at night, as seen behind one of the East Front Olmsted fountains.
October 18, 2012
The AOC masons get the U.S. Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even wake.More »
July 16, 2015
The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to welcoming every visitor by providing accessible facilities and inclusive programming.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 »
West Front of Capitol in March with blue skies and clouds
April 1, 2014
Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must maintain aging, iconic buildings while adapting to state-of-the-art technology and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.More »
July 9, 2013
"We deal with a lot of history." 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 »
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 »
Melvin Wells has applied what they learned at SOME to excel at AOC.
May 23, 2013
AOC's partnership with So Others Might Eat (SOME) helps "empower people out of homelessness and poverty" with their Center for Employment Training.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 »

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