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Preserving Historic Windows and Doors

By Kristen Frederick

Preservation allows the building to retain much of its original character and charm, while increasing the building's functionality for those who work and visit within its walls.

Restoring the windows of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
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 Apotheosis of George Washington in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
February 22, 2016
Approximately 35 pieces of art feature or include Washington's likeness in the U.S. Capitol. Which is your favorite?More »
July 31, 2013
Parking in Washington, D.C., has always been a challenge, but did you know they have been working to accommodate commuters on Capitol Hill for more than a century? 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 »
April 24, 2017
Being at the U.S. Capitol can be a family affair, literally!More »
December 15, 2016
Time has taken its toll on the U.S. Capitol's stone, but our preservation effort will restore even the finer details, hand-carved by artisans.More »
This group portrait monument to the pioneers of the woman suffrage movement.
May 6, 2016
In honor of Mother's Day, explore more women who have played significant roles in the development of our nation and are featured in art at the U.S. Capitol.More »
A view of the renovated Bartholdi Park.
October 25, 2017
An in-depth summary of a recent Bartholdi Park renovation.More »
November 17, 2011
Preparing the Christmas tree is a true team effort for the Architect of the Capitol. Find out how we work around the clock from tree selection to arrival, decoration and lighting.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 »
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 »
2017 War Gardens
November 15, 2017
To mark the centennial of the U.S. entering World War I, Library Buildings and Grounds staff recreated period-appropriate "War Gardens."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 »
Anne Frank Tree and marker planted in the ground in front of the Capitol
July 21, 2014
One of Anne's few connections to the outside world while hiding in the secret annex was a nearby white chestnut tree which she could see from the attic window. More »
April 27, 2015
Because weather and time have not been kind to the Grant Memorial, AOC staff developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition.More »

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