Painted portrait of tenth Architect of the Capitol, Alan M. Hantman.
Alan M. Hantman, FAIA, served as the 10th Architect of the Capitol.
A five-pointed star was cut within seconds by the Architect of the Capitol Sheet Metal Shop.
This computer numerical control (CNC) plasma cutter is a cool tool on the U.S....

News & Notices

Winter 2020 Issue of Tholos Magazine Now Available

March 16, 2020

Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 12 Winter 2020.
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Highlights include the articles below. Before & After: Exterior Bronze Lettering Restoration on the Senate Office Buildings By the Numbers: Performance and Accountability Report Statistics Feature: Charles De Witt: Founding Farmer, A Life of Service Cool Tools: Plasma Cutting Machine: A Matter of Precision Project Update: Capitol Roof Project Award Highlight: Capitol Power Plant Wins Safety Award Leadership Spotlight: Q&A With J. Brett Blanton, 12th Architect of the Capitol...

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Capitol Visitor Center and the U.S. Botanic Garden Temporarily Close to Visitors

March 12, 2020

View of the U.S. Capitol Campus, the National Mall and Washington Monument.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) and the Conservatory of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) will temporarily close to the public until April 1, 2020, to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus (COVID-19). The outdoor gardens and grounds remain open. Whenever possible, the CVC and the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the CVC and the USBG websites for updates to operating statuses. The public can still access many resources online, including educational worksheets and manuals...

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State of the Union Address Street Closures and Other Restrictions

January 29, 2020

State of the Union address in the U.S. Capitol's House Chamber.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. On February 4, 2020, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m. Given the high level of security surrounding the event, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) is responsible for a significant amount of preparation and coordination with its numerous law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department. The following is specific information...

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12th Architect of the Capitol Sworn In

January 17, 2020

Architect of the Capitol Blanton and Chief Justice Roberts.
On January 16, 2020, J. Brett Blanton was sworn in as the 12th Architect of the Capitol by Chief Justice John Roberts at the United States Supreme Court Building. He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on December 9, 2019, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2019. Blanton most recently served as the Deputy Vice President for Engineering at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He led all planning, design, construction, environmental planning, building permitting and code enforcement for all real property controlled by the Airports Authority in support of the 50...

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FY 2019 Performance and Accountability Report Available

November 21, 2019

FY 2019 Performance and Accountability Report Cover
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's financial and performance results to inform Congress and the American people about what we have collectively achieved for the period October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. Read the FY 2019 report and see highlights.

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2019 Holiday Show Celebrating America's Gardens

November 14, 2019

A trolley leaves Cincinnati Union Terminal model in the train show at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The following press release is via the United States Botanic Garden: This year's annual U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings: America's Gardens, will open Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019, and run through January 5, 2020. The exhibit caps off our year of celebrating the diversity and beauty of the more than 600 public gardens in the United States. Join us to explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year's holiday show! Twenty-four plant-based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the model train room, where eight model...

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