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Plenty to Be Thankful For

By Sarah Bublitz

Various locations where the cornucopia, a traditional symbol of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, appears in the U.S. Capitol.

The lunette "Telegraph" by Brumidi in the now Lyndon B. Johnson Room, S-211.
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 »
James Madison Memorial Building
April 5, 2017
A look back at the founding of the James Madison Memorial Building.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 »
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 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 »
Benches in the chapel at Saint Elizabeths Hospital.
June 4, 2015
The benches of the Capitol Rotunda have also called a few other locations home over the years.More »
AOC employee working on touching up columns in Statuary Hall
May 20, 2014
Next time you're in Statuary Hall on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the House Chamber, look closely.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 »
Photo from February 2015.
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 »
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 »
Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural at the U.S. Capitol
April 15, 2013
AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle watches "Lincoln" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"-- and is surprised by which film more accurately depicts the U.S. Capitol.More »
Capitol view through bicycle spokes.
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 »
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 »
Aerial view of the Capitol campus.
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 »
Photo of a worker in front of the kiosk.
October 9, 2015
The Cannon Renewal team explores a new way of viewing drawings in the field, bringing a 21st-century approach to field coordination and quality control as a model for the future of construction.More »

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