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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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West Front of Capitol in March with blue skies and clouds
Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must...
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Elliott Woods: Superintendent, Experimenter, Operatic Composer... Kazoo Player?

By Kristen Frederick

Described during his lifetime as hardworking and humble, our sixth Architect of the Capitol can be considered an American success story.

Elliott Woods, 6th Architect of the Capitol
Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Rotunda of U.S. Capitol
November 9, 2012
The recent attention for the movie “Lincoln” produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln draws focus on this remarkable individual, the period in which he lived and led, and his connections to the U.S. Capitol. Today, one cannot walk far in the Capitol Building without seeing a likeness or other connection to America’s 16th President and the tumultuous period he served in Congress and the White House.  More »
The aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) in bloom at the National Garden
October 25, 2012
It’s fall in the Mid-Atlantic and brisk, sunny days provide opportunities for wonderful walks outdoors. Fall brings fabulous color to the U.S. Botanic Garden, so while you’re out enjoying the season, make sure to take the time to strop by and see what's in bloom. More »
The Capitol Dome in Fall 2012
October 24, 2012
Michael Dunn, AOC’s chief of photography, draws upon his 15 years of experience to share tips for photographing the Capitol Grounds in fall.More »
AOC's masons repair stone on the East Front Plaza of the U.S. Capitol at 4 a.m.
October 18, 2012
It wasn't quite 4 a.m. when I arrived at the Capitol Building on Friday, October 12, and it was a chilly 48 degrees. While I was still adjusting to the darkness and cold the AOC stone masons were getting to work: cleaning the walls of the Capitol, plastering, laying stone and cutting countertops. These are just a few of the daily tasks the masons perform and that I got to watch as they set about getting the Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even woke.More »
Accessible Entrance at the CVC and sign
October 9, 2012
After Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, underwent recent knee surgery she knew getting around would be challenging. Read about her experience relying on accessibility options at the Capitol Visitor Center.More »
Hundreds of media outlets from around the world cover the Presidential Inauguration.
September 28, 2012
Inauguration at the Capitol takes a team effort to pull together, and planning for the event begins as soon as the previous inaugural ends. Take a behind the scenes look at AOC's role in this event.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 »
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 »
Decorative Painter Ben Roberts plies his trade by enhancing the beauty of the buildings on Capitol Hill.
August 31, 2012
Find out how AOC's painters use tricks of the trade to turn wood into marble and metal into wood.More »
Path to the Capitol in Wartime
August 28, 2012
As a professional commuter, every day I enter my “bubble” – looking at my phone, listening to music, reading my Kindle – as I travel from my home in Bristow, Virginia, to my office at the U.S. Capitol. It is easy to forget to look-up and appreciate that in a single morning commute on the Virginia Railway Express (VRE), I traverse places forever connected by events that occurred 150 years ago this month.More »
Drawing of the U.S. Capitol after burning by the British, George Munger, 1814
August 22, 2012
In retaliation for the Americans' recent burning of the Canadian capital at York (present-day Toronto), British troops descended on Washington, D.C., in August 1814, to set fire to much of the city. Follow the path the British took to burn the U.S. Capitol and learn more about the damage done to this historic building.More »
Jimilu Morgan presents the completed bust of Constantino Brumidi to then Vice President Hubert Humphrey - 1968
August 14, 2012
Sharon Gang, Marketing and Communications Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, describes her experience meeting Jimilu Mason, an American artist with works on display at the U.S. Capitol building.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 »
Architect of the Capitol's Franklin Bradley with his bike helmet on in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
June 8, 2012
AOC's Internal Communications Manager finds a way to make a meaningful difference through an annual bike-a-thon supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.More »

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