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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.
The U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility full of plants
November 12, 2013
AOC's Erin Nelson ventures outside the U.S. Capitol to explore the U.S. Botanic Garden's Production Facility -- home to approximately 60,000 plants.More »
Black and white portrait of Benjamin Brown French
November 6, 2013
Long before the advent of Twitter, Facebook and blogs – there were journals. 150 years ago this month saw one of the most transformative periods in the construction of the United States Capitol along with the historic address by Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg. One individual captured these events both as a witness, and as participant, capturing first-hand details of moments that shaped history. More »
Toad Box on display at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
November 4, 2013
Capitol Visitor Center Registrar Karin Johnston, takes an in depth look at one of her favorite artifacts currently on display in the Exhibition Hall exhibit, “Conflict and Compromise.”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 »
October 22, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, reflects on the AOC's effort to restore the U.S. Capitol Dome.More »
Picture of Solidago Altissima outside in a field
October 21, 2013
Bill McLaughlin, Plant Curator at the U.S. Botanic Garden, reflects on the beautiful goldenrod blooming at the U.S. Botanic Garden.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 »
Photo showing the detail of "We the People"
September 16, 2013
This Constitution Week, AOC's Sharon Gang, communications & marketing manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, reflects on what the U.S. Constitution means to her.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 »
Bill from the Lawn Cycle Stand Manufacturing Co. to the Architect of the Capitol
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 »
Engraving showing the first dome of the U.S. Capitol, designed by Charles Bulfinch. By William H. Bartlett, circa 1840.
July 23, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, remembers one of the major players in the history U.S. Capitol, Charles Bulfinch.More »
Warehouses in Fort Meade, Maryland store items such as statues that were once displayed on the East Front of the Capitol.
July 17, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region, including several off-site facilities in Fort Meade, Maryland. I recently had the chance to visit Fort Meade and view the unique collections that are housed there. More »
July 9, 2013
“We deal with a lot of history.” No, those aren’t the words of the AOC’s Curator office. It’s Ron Bailey, shop supervisor of the Library Buildings and Grounds Elevator Division, who runs some of the oldest elevator systems on Capitol Hill, the oldest of which date back to the 1930s. More »
Statue of John L. “Jack” Swigert, Jr.
June 25, 2013
Visitors to the Capitol are often drawn to the "big ticket" items, but there are several other must-see items you should check out when visiting the U.S. Capitol Building.More »
Early House of Representatives Chamber (artist representation)
June 18, 2013
Too hot or too cold – there is no pleasing everyone when it comes to the right temperature in the office. But while today the AOC provides a climate-controlled environment to the buildings of Capitol Hill, 212 years ago this wasn’t the case. More »

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