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National Fire Prevention Week

By Cristin O'Brien

During National Fire Prevention Week, look for places a fire could start, listen for the sound of an alarm and learn two ways out of every room.

Sunset view at U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
AOC General Counsel Jason Baltimore standing next to a tour of people
February 4, 2013
Kristen Frederick, AOC congressional liaison, sits down with Jason Baltimore, AOC’s first African American general counsel, to discuss what brought him to the Architect of the Capitol and what opportunities lie ahead for him in his new role.More »
The figure of Liberty in the Apotheosis of George Washington is depicted wearing a Liberty Cap
January 29, 2013
The liberty cap was the symbol of freedom and liberty commonly used in the 19th century and is seen in many places in the United States Capitol. More »
The AOC is responsible for nearly 600,000 square feet of windows
January 22, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers reflects on the almost 600,000 square feet of windows – of all different shapes, size and age – cared for by the AOC.More »
Photo of Capitol covered in snow
January 15, 2013
AOC Photographer Chuck Badal gives a behind the scenes look at how some of his favorite photos of the Capitol were captured — from the roof of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.More »
U.S. Capitol Dome and Shuttle Discovery flying by
December 21, 2012
Capitol Hill 2012 in pictures - from the memorable, to the beautiful, to the solemn.More »
December 17, 2012
Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, reflects on her first job on Capitol Hill, and how the lessons learned there stick with her to this day.More »
December 12, 2012
Investigate the myth of the Mayan Calendar at the U.S. Capitol.More »
December 5, 2012
Landscape Architect Nick Nelson details the process he undertook to design the 2012 Season’s Greenings holiday exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden.More »
November 30, 2012
On December 2, the Capitol Visitor Center celebrates its four-year anniversary. Sharon Gang, the third member of the CVC's operations staff, reflects back to the opening four years ago. More »
Bartholdi Fountain, 40mm, 200 ISO, f/14, 5 seconds
November 26, 2012
Each month AOC’s photography branch will break down an iconic photo of Capitol Hill and share tips and tricks for snapping beautiful images at the Capitol. This month AOC photographer Susanne Bledsoe walks us through a shot of Bartholdi Fountain in Bartholdi Park on the Capitol Grounds.More »
November 26, 2012
The Capitol Christmas Tree has just arrived at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol! This year's tree is a 73-foot Engelmann spruce that came all the way from Colorado.More »
November 9, 2012
At the Capitol, one can't walk far without seeing a likeness or other connection to Abraham Lincoln and the tumultuous period he served in Congress and the White House.  More »
The aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) in bloom at the National Garden
October 25, 2012
It’s fall in the Mid-Atlantic and brisk, sunny days provide opportunities for wonderful walks outdoors. Fall brings fabulous color to the U.S. Botanic Garden, so while you’re out enjoying the season, make sure to take the time to strop by and see what's in bloom. More »
October 24, 2012
AOC's Chief of Photography draws upon his many years of experience to share tips for photographing the U.S. Capitol grounds in fall.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 »

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