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The Architect of the Capitol has a legacy and ancestry that is rooted in the...

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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.
Robert Gannon smoothes out imperfections in a plaster cast.
November 1, 2017
Some Architect of the Capitol employees are highly visible, while others work behind the scenes to preserve the awe-inspiring facilities on Capitol Hill.More »
AOC Director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum searches the Willamette National Forest in Oregon for the perfect U.S. Christmas Tree.
November 1, 2018
Travel to the Willamette National Forest in Oregon to select the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
What does the Constitution mean to me? Exhibit
September 14, 2012
My colleagues at the Capitol Visitor Center’s (CVC) Exhibits and Education Division asked that I create a sample journal to inspire U.S. Capitol visitors who will make journals as part of Constitution Week activities at the CVC the week of September 17.More »
June 7, 2016
We are all an assembly of parts, pieces and life experiences, and we bring those experiences to the things we do every day.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 »
May 10, 2016
To answer this question, we travel to a brick building in Vienna, Virginia, where the hum of an industrial-sized machine is unmistakable. Littering the fenced-in courtyard of the building are massive slabs of stone of all shapes and colors.More »
Epicatanthe Volcano Trick Orange Fire Orchid
December 21, 2016
Things don't slow down just because it's winter. See five reasons to explore the U.S. Botanic Garden this season, including tropical flowers like this Epicatanthe Volcano Trick Orange Fire orchid.More »
November 9, 2012
At the Capitol, one can't walk far without seeing a likeness or other connection to Abraham Lincoln and the tumultuous period he served in Congress and the White House.  More »
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 »
March 22, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol describes how he finds inspiration every day from the beautiful details of the Capitol campus.More »
March 17, 2016
For Americans of Irish heritage, there is much to celebrate. Beginning with our Nation's founding, Irishmen risked their lives to establish what would become the United States of America.More »
February 7, 2014
One of the lead characters in the "Monuments Men" movie was inspired by Walker K. Hancock, an artist who contributed many works of art to the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States. Dig deeper in to this monument man's history.More »
March 26, 2013
Take a look behind the scrim at the restoration work underway on the U.S. Supreme Court Building's West Front façade to address deterioration due to age, weather and nature. Take a look behind the scrim at the work. More »
AOC's John Lamberton, Assistant Supervisor, selects the proper copper pipe size for a job.
July 1, 2016
While the most frequent calls from building occupants are related to climate, being successful in this line of work is about more than overcoming hot and cold conditions.More »
April 21, 2015
High in the sky, about 50 feet above the roof, a crane is peeking out of the Cannon House Office Building. More »

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