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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...

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Our nation’s third president has his successes, as well as himself,...
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The $28,000,000 Question

By Michele Cohen, Ph.D.

Solving the mystery of numbers inscribed on a block of the Senate pediment.

Numbers found on the pediment.
Oil painting of a historical scene including several Presidents
February 27, 2012
Presidents Don't Sleep Here—But They're Honored in Art!More »
April 8, 2013
Spring in Washington, D.C. is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation’s Capitol; it is also the busiest. Learn about five beautiful, and less known spots to enjoy the warm weather on the Capitol Grounds.More »
The Capitol Dome at night, as seen behind one of the East Front Olmsted fountains.
October 18, 2012
The AOC masons get the Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even wake.More »
Flight 93 Memorial Plaque in the U.S. Capitol
September 10, 2013
For those of us in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, the site of the beautiful Capitol Dome set against bright blue skies on a cool September morning will forever conjure feelings and memories of that horrible day. However, thanks to the gallant act of a few brave souls we are blessed to forever enjoy this icon to American ingenuity and democracy - their names can be found in the United States Capitol Building among other American heroes including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. More »
Fire safety in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
January 30, 2016
Modern technology enables the AOC to take precautions and prevent potentially harmful fires from ravaging our nation's treasures.More »
Cenotaphs at the Congressional Cemetery. Photo courtesy Library of Congress.
October 31, 2013
Visit Congressional Cemetery and discover the many connections the Architect of the Capitol has to this hallowed ground.More »
Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
June 3, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region. One such facility is the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, located 80 miles away from the Capitol in Culpeper, Virginia. I recently had the privilege to peak inside this fascinating facility.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 »
Numbers found on the pediment.
April 17, 2018
Solving the mystery of numbers inscribed on a block of the Senate pediment.More »
Russell Jones of the AOC Construction Division demonstrates a cool tool for applying grout to the Olmsted wall.
December 1, 2016
A special tool helps our stone masons repair and replace the mortar in the low stone walls lining Capitol Square.More »
August 6, 2012
What had previously been an unusable outdoor tennis court on the Dirksen Senate Office Building roof was transformed by plantings.More »
Georgia Shaw working as an AOC draftsman
July 12, 2012
Georgia Shaw was the first woman hired by the AOC as a draftsman, leading to a fulfilling 29-year career with the agency. After Georgia passed, her daughter honored her mother’s legacy by including the AOC’s logo on the memorial plaque that marks her grave.More »
February 10, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol is proud of our role in caring for and preserving these tributes to the role African Americans have played in shaping the course of our country's history.More »
AOC working cleaning the National Garden
May 12, 2014
Conceived as an outdoor laboratory for gardening in harmony with natural ecosystems, the National Garden opened to the public on October 1, 2006.More »
First official photo of the 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree.
December 2, 2015
The mild and misty December air crackled with excitement as the Architect of the Capitol, members of Congress, congressional staff, Capitol Hill neighbors and tourists gathered on the West Front Lawn for the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.More »

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