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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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AOC Director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum searches the Willamette National Forest in Oregon for the perfect U.S. Christmas Tree.
The Architect of the Capitol selects the annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in...
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Architect's Notebook: One of My Favorite Things

By Stephen T. Ayers

The 11th Architect reveals his favorite and most important part of this organization: the spirit of AOC employees!

AOC employees exemplify One Team, One Mission.
The clock above the door on the east side of the Capitol Rotunda.
December 31, 2015
All eyes are on the clocks as we countdown on New Years Eve. These clocks around the Capitol campus also get plenty of attention throughout the rest of the year.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 »
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 »
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 24, 2011
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the stone exterior of the U.S. Capitol as well as the exteriors of all of the other buildings on Capitol Hill. As the buildings have aged, the challenge of caring for their ornate stone facades has only increased.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 »
Women are integral members of the Dome Restoration Project
March 8, 2017
The first female Chief Operating Officer for AOC reflects on the experiences that introduced her to extraordinary women and helped shape her management style.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 »
July 7, 2016
Some of the most majestic and unmistakable trees on campus were planted during the Olmsted period.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 »
February 20, 2013
Montgomery Meigs – a man who built the Capitol while helping save the Union it represents - may be America’s greatest engineer. More »
The Superintendent of Capitol Grounds for Architect of the Capitol searches Payette National Forest to select the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree.
November 2, 2016
It can be hard to find a tree in the forest that meets all of the Capitol Christmas Tree criteria, but the Superintendent of Capitol Grounds has done it again.More »
July 6, 2016
If you live, work or visit Capitol Hill, stay alert for signs that you, a colleague or a loved one is too hot.More »

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