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Official painted portrait of 11th Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers.
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Display of items harvested from the 2018 AOC victory gardens at the Library of Congress.
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Preparing for the Moment Opportunity Knocks

By Erin Nelson

Employee spotlight on an AOC elevator mechanic who started as a night shift laborer in the U.S. Capitol and has continued to rise through the ranks.

Paul Miller (left) and Anderson Alleyne (right) are two AOC employees that embody its mission to serve, preserve and inspire.
Sheep on the White House lawn, taken between 1916-1919. Image courtesy Library of Congress
February 3, 2014
The Capitol Grounds have long been a haven for wildlife, with residents ranging from squirrels to red-tailed hawks to a red fox. But sheep? If it had been left up to one Virginia farmer more than 90 years ago, flocks of sheep might be spotted grazing on the grounds today.More »
December 23, 2013
Take a look back at some of our top stories from 2013.More »
Instagrammers in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol
December 17, 2013
On a rainy December Saturday a group of Instagrammers joined us at the U.S. Capitol to tour the building and chat with an Architect of the Capitol photographer. Despite the weather it was a great event and we look forward to hosting more in the future!More »
Image of the Capitol Christmas Tree reflecting on the water in December 2013 at the U.S. Capitol
December 11, 2013
A look back on 2013 through some of our most popular pictures from Flickr and Instagram.More »
The Capitol Christmas Tree in 2013
December 3, 2013
The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The tree will be lit from night fall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2014.More »
December 2, 2013
The Statue of Freedom was placed atop the Capitol Dome 150 years ago, effectively completing the Capitol Dome that we still see today.More »
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November 26, 2013
Since one of the earliest known photographs of the U.S. Capitol in 1846, Washington, D.C., residents and visitors have been capturing images of this national icon, its art and its grounds.More »
November 25, 2013
Follow the journey of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it arrives and AOC staff put it into position on the West Front Lawn.More »
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 »
November 6, 2013
Long before the advent of social media and blogs – there were journals. One of the most transformative periods in the construction of the United States Capitol, along with the historic address by Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, was captured in this way.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 »
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 »

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