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The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...

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Meigs' name visible on tie rod nuts in the Dome's boilerplate plenum.
Meigs was notorious for seizing opportunities to get his name inscribed on any...
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Reclaiming an Ordinary Day

By Erin Courtney

A story of AOC employees coming together to improve safety on the U.S. Capitol campus for everyone.

Members of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum inspect a vehicle operating on the U.S. Capitol campus.
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 »
September 16, 2013
An Architect of the Capitol employee at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center reflects on what the U.S. Constitution means to her. More »
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 morning will forever conjure feelings and memories of that horrible day. 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 U.S. Capitol.More »
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 »
July 23, 2013
Stephen T. Ayers, eleventh Architect of the Capitol, remembers one of the major players in the U.S. Capitol's history: Charles Bulfinch.More »
July 17, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region, including several off-site facilities in Fort Meade, Maryland.More »
July 9, 2013
"We deal with a lot of history." 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 »

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