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This 1873 photograph shows how the USBG's first Conservatory had grown from a single Victorian greenhouse to this large, five-part Conservatory with 14 support greenhouses.

History & Discoveries

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

For 200 years, the U.S. Botanic Garden has been showcasing plants to visitors from around the globe. Originally proposed by George Washington to establish a place for Americans to learn about useful
Behind the Scenes

Lighting the Way to Energy Savings

By franklin bradley | April 12, 2016

The Senate Jurisdiction's emphasis on energy-efficient lighting was integral to meeting our agency-wide energy reduction goal.

History & Discoveries

Water Features Everywhere

By sarah davis | April 7, 2016

There are more than 20 water features that Architect of the Capitol cares for. Spanning across the U.S. Capitol campus, each of the House office buildings, Senate office buildings, Library of Congress buildings, Supreme Court buildings and the U.S. Botanic Garden have some type of fountain or pool.

Projects

Stopple Valve System

By r c vaughn | April 5, 2016

A new technology now allows waterlines to remain filled while workers install a new valve. By deploying this construction best practice, the Cannon Renewal Project will save a tremendous amount of natural resources, require less manpower and result in savings to the American taxpayer.

Behind the Scenes

AOC Achieves 10-Year Energy Reduction Goal

By laura condeluci | April 1, 2016

The Architect of the Capitol's approach to sustainability and energy efficiency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., is built upon three defining elements: buildings, infrastructure and people. We are very proud of our recent accomplishment of 30 percent energy reduction.

Doing Good

A Veteran Helping Veterans

By sharon gang | March 29, 2016

This doing good story is of an AOC electrician who volunteers with Heroes on the Water, a national organization that helps veterans from all branches of the United States military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks.

From the Architect

Architect's Notebook: Inspiration by Detail

By stephen t ayers | March 22, 2016

The Architect of the Capitol describes how he finds inspiration every day from the beautiful details of the Capitol campus.

History & Discoveries

Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

By erin courtney | March 17, 2016

For Americans of Irish heritage, there is much to celebrate. Beginning with our Nation's founding, Irishmen risked their lives to establish what would become the United States of America.

Behind the Scenes

Passing the Torch

By erin courtney | March 16, 2016

The Curator Division's commitment to building knowledge continues to thrive under new leadership.

History & Discoveries

Artfully Yours, James Madison

By erin courtney | March 16, 2016

To celebrate the birthday of our nation's fourth president, we are highlighting the art featuring or including James Madison on the Capitol campus.

History & Discoveries

Cool Tools: A Tuning Fork?

By franklin bradley | March 10, 2016

Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does the Architect of the Capitol have one – and what makes it cool? Montgomery C. Meigs used this tuning fork during the 1850s Capitol Dome construction to evaluate its cast iron beams.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes: Senate Subway Branch

By elizabeth yoder | March 7, 2016

The Architect of the Capitol's Senate Subway Branch operates two subway systems to transport senators, staff and escorted visitors between the Capitol Building and the Senate office buildings. Let these AOC employees show you what it's like to work in their specialized shop and area of expertise.

Behind the Scenes

Celebrating Women's History Month

By erin courtney | March 2, 2016

At the Architect of the Capitol, approximately 25 percent of the workforce are women who participate in a variety of jobs on the U.S. Capitol campus. Architects, lawyers, archivists, curators, engineers, gardeners, custodians, technology developers and more are all represented by female employees.

History & Discoveries

The Lion – A Mane Attraction

By sarah davis | March 1, 2016

The lion, with its prominent mane, is a popular symbol in art and architecture on the U.S. Capitol campus. Here are six areas where you'll find this type of cat on the Capitol campus, including a few located inside for those days when March "comes in like a lion" with cold and unpleasant weather.

History & Discoveries

Artfully Yours, George Washington

By erin courtney | February 22, 2016

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.

History & Discoveries

Honoring Black History Month

By andrew dentamaro | February 10, 2016

Black History Month marks a time to celebrate and reflect upon the role that African Americans have played in shaping the course of the USA's history. The compelling account of physical places that are important in this history certainly includes Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Capitol in particular.