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War Garden at the Library of Congress

May 16, 2017

An Architect of the Capitol employee holds radishes in front of a War Garden sign.
To mark this year's centennial of America entering the Great War, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) recreated a War Garden as it would have been during World War I. These gardens, also referred to as Victory Gardens, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences, public parks, school yards and more to increase food supplies without increasing the use of land or labor already dedicated to agricultural work. The Library Buildings and Grounds team at the AOC adopted materials, planting schedules and methods such as companion planting and succession planting, from period...

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36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service

May 11, 2017

From the United States Capitol Police: The 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017. This ceremony honors the law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. Street Closures and Bus Restrictions On Monday, May 15 beginning at 12:01 a.m., the streets listed below near the West Front of the Capitol will be closed to vehicular traffic. These streets will re-open at 5 p.m. First Street NW/SW between Constitution and Independence Avenues Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from First Street,...

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2017 John Russell Pope Award

April 26, 2017

Group accepting the 2017 John Russell Pope Award for Historic Preservation.
The Architect of the Capitol was recently awarded a 2017 John Russell Pope Award for Historic Preservation for the Dome Restoration Project. Augustine Angba, Tom Nowell and Chuck Badal accepted the award with employees of Historical Arts and Casting, the company responsible for recasting pieces of the Dome. The John Russell Pope Awards, which recognize excellence in classical architecture, artisanship, interior design and landscape architecture, are named for the architect best known for the Jefferson Memorial, National Gallery of Art, National Archives Building and Constitution Hall.

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2017 Small Business Day — New Date Announced

March 31, 2017

Small Business Day
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hosting a Small Business Day on May 11, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in the Congressional Meeting Room - South. This event is for small business concerns and is designed to provide information about doing business with the AOC. The Small Business Day is free and open to any small business owner and large businesses who are interested in subcontracting opportunities with small businesses; however, advance reservation is required. Please contact smallbusiness@aoc.gov if you would like to attend. This event was...

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2017 Military Bands Summer Concert Series

March 30, 2017

Updated: May 18, 2017 This year's series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Army Band on Friday, June 2, 2017. All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting. Set-up will begin at 4:00 p.m. Lawn chairs are allowed to be placed on the stone terrace in front of the band on the West Side of the Capitol and on the West Lawn (when available). Food is permitted; however, NO alcohol or glass bottles are allowed. Monday Evenings U.S. Navy Band June 5, 12, 19, 26 July 10, 17, 31 August 14, 21, 28 Tuesday...

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Six Tips for Sledding Safely on Capitol Hill

March 13, 2017

Sledding on the Capitol's West Front in 2014.
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, a section of the U.S. Capitol Grounds West Front will open for community sledding during daylight hours (dawn to dusk). Everyone is invited to join in the fun, but we ask that you remain safe and aware of the area and of workers who are clearing snow and ice. Keep these tips in mind: Stay alert. Architect of the Capitol (AOC) personnel are working hard to clear the grounds of snow and ice. Getting to and from the sledding area on the West Front crosses routes used by heavy equipment and large trucks needed for snow removal. Dress for success. Wear sensible...

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