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Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2016 is Now Available

December 02, 2016

Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's collective financial and operational accomplishments to help Congress and the American people assess our stewardship of the public resources entrusted to us. Through the talent and hard work of our dedicated employees, the AOC realized a number of key accomplishments during FY 2016. Major achievements described in the report include the completion of the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome and the initiation of the...

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Capitol Dome Successfully Restored

November 15, 2016

The restored Capitol Dome.
This morning, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, announced that the first comprehensive restoration of the Capitol Dome in more than half a century is complete.  "The Dome was in dire need of repair and with the help and leadership of Congress, we repaired more than 1,300 cracks and deficiencies in the cast iron. We repaired or recast intricate ornaments, gutters and balustrades. The team used both innovative technology and historical tradecrafts to repair the Dome. Our work revealed and preserved exquisite craftsmanship that went into the construction of the Dome. We...

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2016 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Announced

November 02, 2016

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House, Paul D. Ryan, on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m. "The Capitol Christmas Tree brings with it a spirit of community, and the start of the season of generosity and cheer. We're excited to light the tree, and grateful to all those who have taken part in its journey all the way from Idaho," said Speaker Ryan. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, will serve as master of ceremonies. The Architect of the Capitol selects the tree, in consultation with the United...

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Architect of the Capitol Attaches Final Ornament to the U.S. Capitol Dome

October 27, 2016

Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers attaching the final restored ornament, a rosette, to the U.S. Capitol Dome.
Today the Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol, joined members of the Dome Restoration team to attach the final restored ornament, a rosette, to the U.S. Capitol Dome. "The rosette attached this morning was one of the first removed at the start of the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration project. Reattaching this ornament in its fully-restored form feels like coming full-circle on this project," said Ayers. The Dome includes multiple decorative features often not seen from the ground. This impressive and detailed craftsmanship includes rosettes, acorns, grape...

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East Front Flag Pole Removal

October 07, 2016

Photo of the Capitol's East Front taken September 27, 2016.
The Architect of the Capitol will temporarily remove the East Front flag pole to perform routine refinishing the weekend of October 8-9, 2016. Work on the flag pole is scheduled to last one full day, beginning at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8. The rain date for this project is scheduled for Sunday, October 9. For additional information, please contact communications@aoc.gov.

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Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Sites to Open Thanksgiving Day at U.S. Botanic Garden

October 06, 2016

Washington, DC – This year's annual U.S. Botanic Garden holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings: National Parks and Historic Places, will open Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, and run through January 2, 2017. Immerse yourself in the sights, scents and sounds of the season with wreaths, garland, trees and thousands of blooms from exotic orchids to a showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties. Throughout the Conservatory, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. In this year's...

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