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Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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Beginning Monday, September 10, 2012, the lower terrace of the West Front of...
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Cool Cannon Construction Finds

By Kristen Frederick

During the process of renewing the Cannon House Office Building, workers have found hidden treasures that had been lost or discarded by the laborers who constructed the building more than 100 years ago.

A bowler hat discovered during the renewal of the Cannon House Office Building.
Group photo of the Architect of the Capitol high-voltage electricians on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
July 26, 2017
Learn how the AOC's High-Voltage team keeps the campus running.More »
A skylight allows natural light to fill the hallway once occupied by a courtyard at the U.S. Capitol.
July 19, 2017
A look back at the transformation of the U.S. Capitol courtyards.More »
The gilded Torch of Knowledge above the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
July 12, 2017
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers reflects on precious metals and their use in decorative elements of the Thomas Jefferson Building.More »
A view of the Capitol after the British burning on the 24th August 1814.
June 14, 2017
When British troops burned the U.S. Capitol and White House during the War of 1812, three lesser-known elements of American history came together.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 »
The Grant Memorial and Capitol Reflecting Pool.
May 15, 2017
Since its completion, the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C, has been a popular attraction – for ducks and humans! See the ramps developed to safely and effectively assist ducklings climbing out of the pool or returning to it once out of the water.More »
April 24, 2017
Being at the U.S. Capitol can be a family affair, literally!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 »
Lunette above a door of the modern-day Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
April 17, 2017
Many pieces of art in the Capitol Building that include Franklin's image reflect his immense impact on our nation's development.More »
Senate Park Fountain
April 12, 2017
The Senate fountain, nestled between Union Station and the U.S. Capitol, operated for the first time in 1932 and is designed with many unique features.More »
James Madison Memorial Building
April 5, 2017
A look back at the founding of the James Madison Memorial Building.More »
Preparation for spring on Capitol grounds.
March 29, 2017
Spring is the season of new beginnings when the Earth seems to come to life again. But it is the year-round planning, preparation and hard work of the Capitol Grounds team that ensures buds bloom, vibrant colors delight and fragrant flowers excite the senses on Capitol Hill.More »
One of 330 Capitol Hill elevators maintained by the AOC.
March 23, 2017
A celebration of the passenger elevator's birthday leads to a search for our own historic first elevator.More »
Blue heron carved in stone at the focal point, the central fountain, in the perimeter wall surrounding Capitol Square.
March 15, 2017
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers describes his love of birds and their role in the focal point of Capitol Square's perimeter wall.More »
United States Supreme Court Building
March 8, 2017
What were the driving factors of our Deputy Facility Manager's career as an engineer? It started from a love of riding roller coasters.More »

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