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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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A garden gnome placed in an open "tiny" door in the U.S. Capitol.
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Cool Tools: Squaring Off With History

By Franklin Bradley

A special tool helps our stone masons repair and replace the mortar in the low stone walls lining Capitol Square.

Russell Jones of the AOC Construction Division demonstrates a cool tool for applying grout to the Olmsted wall.
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 »
View of the U.S. Capitol Dome with light in the windows
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 »
Picture of Solidago Altissima outside in a field
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 »
Photo showing the detail of "We the People"
September 16, 2013
This Constitution Week, AOC's Sharon Gang, communications & marketing manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, reflects on what the U.S. Constitution means to her.More »
Flight 93 Memorial Plaque in the U.S. Capitol
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 September morning will forever conjure feelings and memories of that horrible day. However, 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 United States Capitol Building among other American heroes including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. More »
Bill from the Lawn Cycle Stand Manufacturing Co. to the Architect of the Capitol
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 »
Engraving showing the first dome of the U.S. Capitol, designed by Charles Bulfinch. By William H. Bartlett, circa 1840.
July 23, 2013
Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, remembers one of the major players in the history U.S. Capitol, Charles Bulfinch.More »
Warehouses in Fort Meade, Maryland store items such as statues that were once displayed on the East Front of the Capitol.
July 17, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region, including several off-site facilities in Fort Meade, Maryland. I recently had the chance to visit Fort Meade and view the unique collections that are housed there. More »
AOC Elevator Mechanics at the Library of Congress
July 9, 2013
“We deal with a lot of history.” No, 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 »
Early House of Representatives Chamber (artist representation)
June 18, 2013
Too hot or too cold – there is no pleasing everyone when it comes to the right temperature in the office. But while today the AOC provides a climate-controlled environment to the buildings of Capitol Hill, 212 years ago this wasn’t the case. More »
AOC employees plan renovations to Representative Tammy Duckworth's Office
June 17, 2013
A team of tradecrafts experts at the AOC transform an office into a completely wheelchair-accessible suite in less than four weeks.More »
L'Enfant’s vision for the City of Washington.
June 10, 2013
From the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to the Zoning Commission — the Architect of the Capitol, both individually and organizationally, has many roles that extend well beyond what most might expect.More »
Screenshot from the video.
June 7, 2013
Meet the AOC's decorative painters at the Library of Congress who work to preserve the ornate designs of one of the world's most beautiful buildings. Go behind the scenes to see the techniques used to keep the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building looking as striking as it did when it first opened in 1897. More »

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