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Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting for Fiscal Year 2017.
​For the seventh consecutive year, the Architect of the Capitol received the...
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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.
September 10, 2013
For those of us in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, the site of the beautiful Capitol Dome set against bright blue skies on a cool morning will forever conjure feelings and memories of that horrible day. Thanks to the gallant act of a few brave souls, we are blessed to forever enjoy this icon to American ingenuity and democracy - their names can be found in the U.S. Capitol.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 »
September 28, 2012
Inauguration at the Capitol takes a team effort to pull together, and planning for the event begins as soon as the previous inaugural ends. Take a behind-the-scenes look at AOC's role in this event.More »
Rosa Parks lay in honor in Capitol Rotunda October 30-31, 2005.
February 26, 2018
The occasion calls for coordination across the Capitol campus, and the solemnity of the event requires a commitment to excellence to ensure that no detail is overlooked.More »
Searching for "The One"
November 9, 2017
Finding "the one" is pretty similar, whether you're searching for true love or the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.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 »
Bill Burns, an Architect of the Capitol Woodcrafter Supervisor in the Planning and Project Management's Construction Division.
August 16, 2017
One person's small act of compassion can start a chain reaction of kindness.More »
The bronze Amateis Doors are on display in the House Wing of the U.S. Capitol, across from the Bulfinch stairway near the Memorial Door entrance.
August 2, 2017
Few doors are created to lead to nowhere, but that is exactly where the U.S. Capitol's famed Amateis Doors have always led.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 »
March 12, 2013
The AOC works to make the Capitol Dome, an enduring symbol of democracy recognized throughout the world, visible to all throughout the night. Learn about this history of the lighting of this iconic building.More »
A portico of tall Corinthian columns gives the Supreme Court Building a monumental entrance.
December 5, 2016
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers describes how we can experience Capitol Hill's magnificent national treasures the way they were originally imagined.More »
May 5, 2015
The Senate Office Buildings Painting and Refinishing Branch gives hands-on attention to help blend vintage and new into a cohesive collection.More »
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 »
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 »
2016 carved into a column capital during the Capitol Exterior Preservation project's stone work.
December 29, 2016
This past year has been filled with many sweet moments around the Capitol campus. Here are 10 that stand out.More »

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