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History & Discoveries

Top 5 Spots to Enjoy Spring on the Capitol Campus

Spring in Washington, D.C., is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation's capital. Learn about five beautiful, and less known spots, to enjoy the warm weather near the U.S. Capitol.
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Behind the Scenes

AOC Experts Keep it Cool for Historic Preservation Efforts

By Madeleine Lucchetti | May 7, 2024

When it comes to preserving the Library of Congress' (LOC) record-breaking collection of more than 175 million items — including books, historical materials and cultural artifacts — the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) staff plays an instrumental role in keeping things cool.

History & Discoveries

The Original Olmsted Trees

By capitol grounds | April 26, 2024

Celebrating the history of tree planting and tree preservation at the U.S. Capitol Grounds by highlighting some of the oldest trees on the grounds.

Programs & Events

Four Sustainable Practices from Our Grounds to Yours

By capitol grounds | April 22, 2024

At the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the Capitol Grounds and Arboretum team works hard to promote green and sustainable practices around the Capitol campus.

History & Discoveries

Jefferson Finds Capitol Inspiration in City of Light

By franklin bradley | April 12, 2024

Thomas Jefferson, inspired by skylights he saw in Paris, prevailed upon the Architect of the Capitol to include something similar in the U.S. Capitol's new chamber for the House of Representatives. However, all the skylights came to an untimely end.

Behind the Scenes

Embracing a Vintage Electric Cargo Tricycle for Greener Gardening

By philip davis | April 3, 2024

In a picturesque marriage of vintage charm and cutting-edge sustainability, the AOC's Capitol Grounds and Arboretum team has unveiled their latest addition to the gardening fleet: a vintage-style electric cargo tricycle.

History & Discoveries

Evolution of Women in Art at the U.S. Capitol

By michele cohen | March 12, 2024

An in-depth look at the evolution of women in art at the U.S. Capitol. First appearing primarily as allegorical figures representing ideals, not individuals. Later, as women took on more prominent positions in society and won basic rights, greater opportunities and visibility have led to more.

History & Discoveries

Capitol Illumination

By franklin bradley | March 6, 2024

The Architect of the Capitol makes the U.S. Capitol Dome, an enduring symbol of democracy recognized throughout the world, visible to all throughout the night. Learn more about the history of lighting this iconic building including the part of the Dome called the "tholos."

History & Discoveries

Artfully Yours, George Washington

By erin courtney | February 22, 2024

Our first president had a significant impact on the nation and, while George Washington never actually graced the halls of the United States Capitol, his presence, influence and even his likeness, is everywhere. Approximately 35 pieces of art include Washington's likeness in the U.S. Capitol.

Behind the Scenes

Summer Interns Gain Experience for Future Seasons of Their Careers

By Madeleine Lucchetti | December 5, 2023

Every summer, dozens of skilled tradespeople and public service aspirants from around the country brave the Washington, D.C., humidity to come and intern for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). Once they arrive, they're dispatched across the Capitol campus to every jurisdiction, where they take on special projects and assignments with their unique AOC teams.

Programs & Events

It Takes a Village To Prepare the People's Tree

By carol campos | November 17, 2023

For many people around the country, the start of the holiday season is marked by selecting and decorating a Christmas tree. Likewise, the holidays start on Capitol Hill when the Christmas tree arrives on the Capitol campus. A team of employees from the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) work seamlessly and tirelessly to ensure that the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is ready to spread holiday cheer to visitors from all over the country and around the world.

History & Discoveries

Unearthing Capitol Hill's Buried History

By kristen frederick | October 25, 2023

Visit Congressional Cemetery and discover the many connections the Architect of the Capitol has to this hallowed ground.

Behind the Scenes

Meet the Team: AOC University

By carol campos | October 18, 2023

The AOC University team has a clear sense of purpose to make learning fun, increase employee engagement, encourage retention of valued talent and attract the next generation of AOC leaders.

History & Discoveries

How Two Tiny "Houses" Ended Up on the National Mall

By Madeleine Lucchetti | October 10, 2023

The pencil-like shape of the Washington Monument, the grand pediment of the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Dome are all emblematic shapes of Washington, D.C. But in addition to these architectural juggernauts, two smaller, more understated buildings on the National Mall often draw the eye.