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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?
History & Discoveries

Top 5 Spots to Enjoy Spring on the Capitol Campus

By aoc staff | March 29, 2022

Spring in Washington, D.C., is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation's capital; it is also the busiest. Learn about five beautiful, and less known spots, to enjoy the warm weather near the U.S. Capitol including where you can see more than 100 cherry blossom trees.

Doing Good

Surviving to Thriving

By erin courtney | February 8, 2022

Losing one family member is tough. How does anyone deal with multiple losses? Architect of the Capitol employee Milton Lee Dennis has survived a lifetime of losses.

Projects

Covering the Home Team

By justin kieffer | January 31, 2022

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has a deep bench of talented employees that continue to complete critical projects across the Capitol campus year after year.

History & Discoveries

The Architect of the Capitol Sweeps Up the Past

By Morgan Green | July 13, 2021

When Jim Kaufmann, Capitol Grounds and Arboretum Director, happened across an 1891 street-sweeping map while going through cultural landscape reports, he had no idea how simple an old map could make caring for the U.S. Capitol Grounds.

Projects

At the AOC, It's Always Home Improvement Time

By justin kieffer | June 24, 2021

While most people have one structure to take care of, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hard at work on multiple projects to care for the buildings across Capitol Hill.

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.

Projects

Olmsted Lanterns Restoration

By kate holder | February 4, 2021

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