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By Erin Courtney

Myths, mysteries and folklore about the historic building and its previous (we think) inhabitants.

Supermoon rises over the Statue of Freedom on evening of June 22, 2013.
The Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
March 22, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol describes how he finds inspiration every day from the beautiful details of the Capitol campus.More »
Four leaf clover.
March 17, 2016
For Americans of Irish heritage, there is much to celebrate. Beginning with our Nation's founding, Irishmen risked their lives to establish what would become the United States of America.More »
Cohen watches the recasting of missing pieces from the Grant Memorial at a foundry in Pennsylvania.
March 16, 2016
The Curator Division's commitment to building knowledge continues to thrive under new leadership.More »
Close-up of the James Madison statue in Memorial Hall.
March 16, 2016
Today marks the 265th birthday of our nation's fourth president. To celebrate this special occasion, we are highlighting the art featuring or including James Madison on the Capitol campus.More »
Tuning fork used by Meigs to ensure that iron placed in the Dome was sound, along with copies of Meigs' writing and pieces of cast iron recovered from the Dome during the restoration project.
March 10, 2016
Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does AOC have one – and what makes it cool?More »
Craig Smith prepares to change out a load wheel on the subway to the Hart and Dirksen Buildings in the Hart Maintenance Station. The subway staff performs monthly preventive maintenance checks to detect wear and replace the wheels, as needed.
March 7, 2016
Architect of the Capitol employees show you what it's like to work in their specialized shop and area of expertise.More »
Shamello Aslan discusses networking resources at a recent meeting of women who work for the Architect of the Capitol.
March 2, 2016
Architects, lawyers, archivists, curators, engineers, human resources specialists, gardeners, custodians, technicians, arborists, technology developers and more are represented by female employees of the Architect of the Capitol. More »
The Senate Fountain, featuring lion-head spouts on the faces of its hexagon, with the Capitol Dome in the background.
March 1, 2016
The lion, with its prominent mane, is a popular symbol in art and architecture on the Capitol campus.More »
Constantino Brumidi's The Apotheosis of George Washington
February 22, 2016
Approximately 35 pieces of art feature or include Washington's likeness in the U.S. Capitol. Which is your favorite?More »
Setting a keystone during construction of the Rayburn House Office Building in 1964.
February 10, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol is proud of our role in caring for and preserving these tributes to the role African Americans have played in shaping the course of our country's history.More »
Fire safety in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building.
January 30, 2016
Modern technology enables the AOC to take precautions and prevent potentially harmful fires from ravaging our nation's treasures.More »
Rising to the Challenge: Elevator Mechanic Challenges Students
January 27, 2016
An AOC employee gives back and shares his knowledge with students, not just about elevators, but about broader career opportunities.More »
Barron Dill (second from right) and his fellow AOC colleagues.
January 20, 2016
Volunteering at the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School is an experience that continues to enrich lives.More »
AOC curator team at the foundry in Philadelphia.
January 7, 2016
On a recent visit to the foundry, members of the AOC Curator Division observed the casting process in action, including the dramatic moment when the molten bronze is poured.More »
Photo from February 2015.
January 6, 2016
The warmer temperatures have helped the AOC get ahead on other projects, but as the winter season continues, everyone is keeping a close eye on the forecast.More »


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