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The tombstone of Colonel Charles De Witt. Born 1727 - Died Aug. 27, 1787. Patriot, statesman and leader in the revolution. Voting to ratify the Declaration of Independence.
Starting in the 1650's, the De Witt family settled in and around Kingston...

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Fire Egress at the Library of Congress

By Erin Nelson

Architect of the Capitol teams worked together to complete the Fire Door Improvements project in the Thomas Jefferson Building, improving fire safety within this historic space.

Close look at a door hinge in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, patented Nov. 22, 1887.
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Time has taken its toll on the U.S. Capitol's stone, but our preservation effort will restore even the finer details, hand-carved by artisans.More »
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A portico of tall Corinthian columns gives the Supreme Court Building a monumental entrance.
December 5, 2016
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers describes how we can experience Capitol Hill's magnificent national treasures the way they were originally imagined.More »
Russell Jones of the AOC Construction Division demonstrates a cool tool for applying grout to the Olmsted wall.
December 1, 2016
A special tool helps our stone masons repair and replace the mortar in the low stone walls lining Capitol Square.More »
November 17, 2016
Each one of us has the ability to learn a new skill that we are passionate about and then use that gift in ways that can help others.More »
November 7, 2016
Those dedicated to managing the operation of the 10-year, five-phased Cannon Renewal discuss the project and what leadership means to them.More »
The Superintendent of Capitol Grounds for Architect of the Capitol searches Payette National Forest to select the 2016 Capitol Christmas Tree.
November 2, 2016
It can be hard to find a tree in the forest that meets all of the Capitol Christmas Tree criteria, but the Superintendent of Capitol Grounds has done it again.More »
October 21, 2016
Given that the United States Capitol was once expected to be the final resting place for George Washington, replete with a crypt, should we be surprised that multiple Capitol-related ghost stories exist? Discover the myths, mysteries and folklore of this historic American building.More »
October 7, 2016
See how Columbus' 15th century journey was depicted by 19th century artists in art throughout the Capitol.More »
September 28, 2016
We have made some interesting discoveries about the details of the sculptures and the sources of some of the depicted figures; we discovered and solved a few puzzles, and we also came across a few mysteries that we're still working on (and we'd welcome your help!).More »
Black and white photo of Genius of America pediment.
September 1, 2016
A variety of letters and numbers appear on buildings or in art work on Capitol Hill.More »
July 27, 2016
Just like us, plants need special care in the extreme heat. Following these tips from the U.S. Botanic Garden will help protect your plants during the hottest days of summer. More »
July 18, 2016
When work on the bronze components and marble pedestals is completed this fall, viewers will again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.More »
July 14, 2016
Guesses for what is behind the Capitol Building's smallest doors are as varied as the architectural details that encompass the Capitol campus. The correct explanation for their existence involves Christmas Eve, the Library of Congress and engineer Montgomery Meigs.More »

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