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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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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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AOC's John Lamberton, Assistant Supervisor, selects the proper copper pipe size for a job.
While the most frequent calls from building occupants are related to climate,...
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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
Relief portrait of Thomas Jefferson.
April 13, 2016
Our nation’s third president has his successes, as well as himself, memorialized in more than 10 pieces of art in the U.S. Capitol Building.More »
April 12, 2016
The Senate Jurisdiction's emphasis on energy-efficient lighting was integral to meeting our agency-wide energy reduction goal.More »
The marble plaza of the Supreme Court Building.
April 7, 2016
We care for more than 20 water features across the Capitol campus. How many can you name?More »
April 5, 2016
By deploying this construction best practice, the Cannon Renewal Project will save a tremendous amount of natural resources, require less manpower and result in savings to the American taxpayer. More »
Richard Edmonds, Industrial Engineering Technician at the Capitol Power Plant.
April 1, 2016
Our approach to sustainability and energy on Capitol Hill is built upon three defining elements... buildings, infrastructure and people.More »
Blanchet assists with a launch, Jonas Green State Park, Annapolis, Maryland
March 29, 2016
Electrician Martin Blanchet volunteers with Heroes on the Water, which helps veterans relax and rehabilitate through kayak fishing.More »
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 »
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 »

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