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Ten Steps to Energy Savings and Sustainability for your Office
The Architect of the Capitol’s Legacy of Sustainability began with the setting...

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The deburring tool used to remove sharp edges from sheet metal.
This small and seemingly simple tool reduces injuries by saving hands, which is...
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Evolution of Women in Art at the U.S. Capitol

By Michele Cohen, Ph.D.

An in-depth look at the evolution of women in art at the U.S. Capitol.

Close-up detail photo with Statue of Freedom during conservation in 1993.
Federal Office Building No. 8, now known as the O’Neill House Office Building, under original construction. Photo courtesy of the FDA.
October 18, 2017
A brief history of the O'Neill Building.More »
Chugach National Forest in Alaska
October 28, 2015
How do you pick a single tree from an area that stretches across all of south-central Alaska? AOC's Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds explores the Chugach National Forest for "the one."More »
July 18, 2016
When work on the bronze components and marble pedestals is completed this fall, viewers will again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.More »
May 8, 2014
Capitol Hill, with its rich history and iconic buildings, allows for an eclectic mix of professions. Jim Saenger, the Capitol's Carillonneur, has perhaps one of the most unique and least visible jobs on the Hill.More »
September 28, 2016
We have made some interesting discoveries about the details of the sculptures and the sources of some of the depicted figures; we discovered and solved a few puzzles, and we also came across a few mysteries that we're still working on (and we'd welcome your help!).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 »
October 1, 2014
Quite a few Architect of the Capitol employees commute by bike, forming a group that meets monthly to work on promoting cycling to fellow AOC employees.More »
The deburring tool used to remove sharp edges from sheet metal.
August 9, 2017
This small and seemingly simple tool reduces injuries by saving hands, which is why we give it two thumbs up as a cool tool.More »
The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol
September 24, 2013
This is the first in a series of occasional articles, written by the Architect of the Capitol’s Curator Office, about the use of nature in the art and architecture of the U.S. Capitol. This week, they focus on the elements in the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome.More »
April 24, 2017
Being at the U.S. Capitol can be a family affair, literally!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 »
James Madison Memorial Building
April 5, 2017
A look back at the founding of the James Madison Memorial Building.More »
June 4, 2015
The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.More »
January 6, 2016
The warmer temperatures have helped the AOC get ahead on other projects, but as the winter season continues, everyone is keeping a close eye on the forecast.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 »

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