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Section, Revised Dome Design for U.S. Capitol. Pen, Ink and watercolor by Thomas U. Walter, 1859.

History & Discoveries

Dancing by Dawn's Early Light

Did you know that the 15,000-pound bronze Statue of Freedom, standing atop the 9 million pounds of cast iron of the U.S. Capitol Dome, dances every day?
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.

Behind the Scenes

Capitol Building Self-Inspections

By erin nelson | June 16, 2020

The Architect of the Capitol continues to evaluate how best to keep our employees safe.

Doing Good

Capitol Visitor Center Employees Find Ways To Give

By laura trivers | June 9, 2020

The coronavirus inspired many of us to wonder what, if anything, we could do to help when it seemed the needs around us were overwhelming. Two Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) employees found a way and are using their skills to make a difference as our communities fight the virus.


Continuous Care of the U.S. Capitol Roof

By laura condeluci | March 25, 2020

Like most beloved national treasures from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Capitol Building roof requires continuous care. Once a section has been replaced, it is regularly inspected as part of preventive maintenance.