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Photograph of people walking outside on a Self-Guided Tour of Capitol Hill
Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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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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Fire safety in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
Modern technology enables the AOC to take precautions and prevent potentially...
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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
AOC's Theon Parker teaches students about electrical circuits at Phelps ACE High School.
May 17, 2012
Courses taught by AOC employees help communicate business culture and expectations, as well as important skills they can apply to future educational and occupational pursuits.More »
AOC's Kevin Mulshine is proud to help others by being a blood donor.
March 4, 2012
While most people can be blood donors, only five percent of the eligible population actually donates — making AOC's Kevin and Gloria true heroes, even if they don't consider their efforts extraordinary. More »
Oil painting of a historical scene including several Presidents
February 27, 2012
Presidents Don't Sleep Here—But They're Honored in Art!More »
The hanging of the Capitol Christmas Tree lights is the job of the Architect of the Capitol Capitol Grounds Division.
November 17, 2011
Preparing the Christmas tree is a true team effort for the Architect of the Capitol. Find out how we work around the clock from tree selection to arrival, decoration and lighting.More »
Taking care of the stone that flanks the buildings on Capitol Hill is an evolving and continual challenge for the AOC.
May 24, 2011
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the stone exterior of the U.S. Capitol as well as the exteriors of all of the other buildings on Capitol Hill. As the buildings have aged, the challenge of caring for their ornate stone facades has only increased.More »
The AOC Capitol Building Mason Shop successfully relocated the Magna Carta display to the Crypt.
January 21, 2011
It took both brawn and brains to move a beautiful (and hefty) treasure when the Magna Carta display was moved from the Capitol Rotunda to its new home in the Capitol Crypt.More »
Russell Senate Office Building 2010
May 13, 2010
To keep it in tip-top condition, the AOC spent some time studying the building's exterior in preparation to clean, repair and restore the exterior envelope of this historic Senate Office Building.More »

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