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View of the north congressional stand under construction for the 2021 inauguration.

Behind the Scenes

By the Numbers: Presidential Inauguration 2021

Much goes into the presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol. Here are a few numbers that help set the stage for this special day.
History & Discoveries

Then & Now: U.S. Capitol Courtyards

By erin nelson | July 19, 2017

A look back at the transformation of the courtyards that once existed on the U.S. Capitol's West Front. Originally, they had provided natural light and ventilation to the basement but, as the need for more space materialized, they became meeting rooms, offices and connecting hallways.

From the Architect

Architect's Notebook: What We Hold Precious

By stephen t ayers | July 12, 2017

Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers reflects on use of precious in decorative elements of the Library of Congress, including the Torch of Knowledge, Great Hall and Main Reading Room. Gold, copper, bronze and aluminum elements play an important role in the inspiration of the Jefferson Building.

History & Discoveries

Three Quacks for Union Square Duck Ramps

By erin courtney | May 15, 2017

Since its completion, the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C, has been a popular attraction – for ducks and humans! See the ramps developed to safely and effectively assist ducklings climbing out of the pool or returning to it once out of the water.

Behind the Scenes

Family Connections at the Capitol

By wayne kehoe | April 24, 2017

Being at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., can be a family affair, literally! A volunteer at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center describes two pieces of U.S. Capitol art that he has a connection to through his ancestors - William Brewster and Johnathan Trumbull.

Doing Good

A Supreme Choice for Developing Area Youth

By sarah davis | April 19, 2017

What started as a boy's after-school project request has turned into a man's mission. This doing good story is of an AOC Supreme Court electrician who volunteers with 4-H, a youth development organization that aims to provide young people with hands-on learning experiences.

History & Discoveries

Artfully Yours, Benjamin Franklin

By erin courtney | April 17, 2017

Benjamin Franklin remains one of the most celebrated figures in American history. From birth to death, Franklin led a complex and interesting life. The many pieces of art in the United States Capitol Building that include his image reflect his immense impact on our nation's development.

History & Discoveries

By the Numbers: Senate Fountain

By andrew dentamaro | April 12, 2017

One of the overlooked gems on Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill, the Senate fountain, is nestled between Union Station and the U.S. Capitol, atop the Senate upper park. The hexagonal granite fountain operated for the first time in July 1932 and is designed with many unique features.

History & Discoveries

Then & Now: Madison Building

By franklin bradley | April 5, 2017

A look back at the founding of the James Madison Memorial Building.

History & Discoveries

Falling Into Spring

By erin courtney | March 29, 2017

Spring is the season of new beginnings when the Earth seems to come to life again. But it is the year-round planning, preparation and hard work of the Capitol Grounds team that ensures buds bloom, vibrant colors delight and fragrant flowers excite the senses on Capitol Hill.

History & Discoveries

Historic Firsts: Capitol Hill Elevators

By erin nelson | March 23, 2017

A celebration of the passenger elevator's birthday leads to a search for the U.S. Capitol's historic first elevator. Follow along as we investigate through clues from the archives including correspondence in the 1870s, records, books, floor plans and other reports.

From the Architect

Architect's Notebook: Design with Purpose

By stephen t ayers | March 15, 2017

Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers describes his love of birds, especially the great blue heron, and their role in the focal point of Capitol Square's perimeter wall. As one approaches the central Olmsted fountain, it's easy to sense that this is both a great place and a place of greats.

Behind the Scenes

A Woman's Perspective: Turning Challenges into Opportunities and Personal Growth

By deatra trinidad | March 8, 2017

The AOC's Deputy Facility Manager at the United States Supreme Court Building began her engineering career path from a love of roller coasters. Now, in an effort to give back to the community, she volunteers with school robotics competitions and at STEM type expositions.