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A skylight allows natural light to fill the hallway once occupied by a courtyard at the U.S. Capitol.
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Architect's Notebook: One of My Favorite Things

By Stephen T. Ayers

The 11th Architect reveals his favorite and most important part of this organization: the spirit of AOC employees!

AOC employees exemplify One Team, One Mission.
The Capitol Christmas Tree in 2013
December 3, 2013
The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The tree will be lit from night fall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2014.More »
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November 26, 2013
Since one of the earliest known photographs of the U.S. Capitol in 1846, Washington, D.C., residents and visitors have been capturing images of this national icon, its art and its 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 25, 2013
Follow the journey of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it arrives and AOC staff put it into position on the West Front Lawn.More »
September 16, 2014
With the "Sprouts" program at the U.S. Botanic Garden, children learn about the magical world of plants.More »
Instagrammers in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol
December 17, 2013
On a rainy December Saturday a group of Instagrammers joined us at the U.S. Capitol to tour the building and chat with an Architect of the Capitol photographer. Despite the weather it was a great event and we look forward to hosting more in the future!More »
September 16, 2013
An Architect of the Capitol employee at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center reflects on what the U.S. Constitution means to her. 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 »
AOC Director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum searches the Willamette National Forest in Oregon for the perfect U.S. Christmas Tree.
November 1, 2018
Travel to the Willamette National Forest in Oregon to select the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.More »

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