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Juan Sandoval and Jose Hernandez using a lewis to remove stones from Olmsted Terrace.
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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.
December 15, 2016
Time has taken its toll on the Capitol's stone, but our preservation effort will restore even the finer details, hand-carved by artisans.More »
CVC Visitor Guide Julie Butler leads a group of visitors through National Statuary Hall.
October 16, 2014
The ExCEL Program provides opportunities for jurisdictions to work together and for employees to share their knowledge with fellow colleagues.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 »
The hanging of the Capitol Christmas Tree lights is the job of the Architect of the Capitol Capitol Grounds Division.
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 »
The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at Dusk
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 »
AOC's Joel Evans standing with the Supreme Court Building in the background.
April 19, 2017
What started as a boy's after-school project request has turned into a man's mission.More »
Relief portrait of Thomas Jefferson.
April 13, 2016
Our nation’s third president has his successes, as well as himself, memorialized in more than 10 pieces of art in the U.S. Capitol Building.More »
Capitol Visitor Center architecture that borrows from historic Capitol Building architecture.
October 11, 2017
The Architect of the Capitol believes that, when making additions to historic buildings, we are not to copy or try to match the historic building, but rather we are to differentiate the new features so we don't create a false sense of history.More »
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.
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 »
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 »
AOC tree surgeon cares for trees on Capitol Grounds
September 25, 2012
Year round, I often notice Architect of the Capitol employees perched high in the trees above. I love the large, beautiful trees across Capitol Hill—they are longest standing witnesses of the history of this campus, from the burning of the Capitol by the British to the sculpting of the current grounds in 1872 by Frederick Law Olmsted. I was concerned that the AOC was cutting this history down – so I did some investigating.More »
The marble plaza of the Supreme Court Building.
April 7, 2016
We care for more than 20 water features across the Capitol campus. How many can you name?More »
Brian Roberson (right) from AOC's Planning and Project Management's Construction Division.
November 17, 2016
Each one of us has the ability to learn a new skill that we are passionate about and then use that gift in ways that can help others.More »
The AOC partners with the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in northeast Washington, D.C.
May 13, 2015
As volunteers, the time commitment for AOC employees who mentor is not huge, but the impact they have on the students' lives certainly is.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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