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One of the four Olmsted lanterns on the west side of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, restored in 2020.


Olmsted Lanterns Restoration

The large bronze and glass lanterns are mounted on stately sandstone piers with intricately carved sandstone caps.
Behind the Scenes

New Pesticide Recertification Program

By kate holder | February 17, 2021

One of the most important credentials for Architect of the Capitol (AOC) gardeners to obtain and maintain is pesticide applicator licensing. It's a certification that advances the AOC's core value of safety in multiple ways.

History & Discoveries

John Adams' Carriage Ride to Washington D.C., in 1800

By franklin bradley | February 10, 2021

President John Adams issued a letter to all federal agencies on May 15, 1800, directing the "removal of the public offices, clerks and papers" from the capital city of Philadelphia. In that single sentence, Adams started the final move of the U.S. government to its permanent home, the newly created city of Washington, in the District of Columbia.


Olmsted Lanterns Restoration

By kate holder | February 4, 2021

The large bronze and glass lanterns are located just off Garfield Circle and Peace Circle.

Behind the Scenes

U.S. Capitol Clean-up

By aoc staff | January 15, 2021

Hear from a few employees about the incredible effort they and their teams put forward in the aftermath of the Capitol breach on January 6, 2021.

Behind the Scenes

By the Numbers: Presidential Inauguration 2021

By erin nelson | January 4, 2021

Every four years Americans cast their vote for president in November and watch as the newly elected president takes the oath of office the following January. Architect of the Capitol (AOC) staff also spend these months preparing for the inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.

History & Discoveries

Honoring the U.S. Capitol Guides Buried in Congressional Cemetery

By blake lindsey | December 15, 2020

Several of the men who first led tours through the U.S. Capitol are buried in Congressional Cemetery. In December 2019, a group from the Capitol Visitor Center Social Committee gathered at the cemetery to place markers on the graves of these guides and learn more about their lives.

Behind the Scenes

Cool Tools: "The Box"

By kate holder | October 19, 2020

What Began as a Demonstration for Kids Is Now a Unique Training Tool

Behind the Scenes

COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols

By erin nelson | September 14, 2020

AOC Staff Put In the Work to Keep Us Safe During COVID-19

History & Discoveries

U.S. Botanic Garden at 200: Deeply Rooted, Branching Outward

By devin dotson | July 23, 2020

For 200 years, the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) has been showcasing plants to visitors from around the globe. The USBG was originally proposed by George Washington to establish a place for Americans to learn about useful and engaging plants.