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Planned Weekend Work & DC-FEMS Drill

August 14, 2015

Planned work by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) this coming weekend includes: Saturday evening, August 15, the AOC is performing maintenance to electrical systems in the Capitol Building. During this work, brief outages of the lights on the Capitol Dome may occur. This work is not related to the Capitol Dome Restoration Project. Sunday morning, August 16, the AOC Fire Marshal Office is coordinating a high-angle rescue drill with DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DC-FEMS) and the U.S. Capitol Police. DC-FEMS will begin staging on the East Front Plaza at approximately 7:30 a.m.

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Caring for the Statue of Freedom

August 14, 2015

The Statue of Freedom — one of the most visible, symbolic and treasured pieces of art at the Capitol — will undergo its regular maintenance this September. Since its full restoration in 1993, the Statue of Freedom has been washed, caulked, and epoxied and had its protective coating renewed every two to five years, most recently in 2012 (pictured above). Beginning today, August 14, scaffolding will be built above the Statue of Freedom's cast-iron pedestal base, beyond the current scaffold currently in place for the Dome Restoration Project. Work to clean the statue and reapply its coating...

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Put the Rotunda in Your Pocket

July 31, 2015

​Knowing that the U.S. Capitol Rotunda would be closed to visitors between July 27 and September 7 to prepare for restoration, the Capitol Visitor Center began in January to develop a Rotunda app that allows visitors to:​ Take a virtual tour of the Rotunda with the help of 360-degree imaging Learn about each of the sculptures and paintings in the Rotunda Explore up close the fresco painting on the Rotunda ceiling Learn about the types of ceremonies that occur in the Rotunda Discover how the Rotunda was used as a hospital Find out about the Capitol Dome Restoration Project …and much...

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Kennedy Center & United States Botanic Garden present First-Ever Collaboration on Two World Premiere Productions in 2015

July 20, 2015

(WASHINGTON)—The Kennedy Center and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) collaborate for the first time on two unique and inventive world premiere productions, The Cerulean Time Capsule and Flowers Stink, to be performed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in September and October, 2015. The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living museum filled with beautiful, inspiring plants as well as engaging exhibits. Part of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences 2015-2016 season and presented by the U. S. Botanic Garden, both productions are most appropriate for patrons ages seven and up. "Through this...

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Good News for Sustainable Landscapes

June 10, 2015

Sustainable landscaping program SITES, developed by United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and partners, was launched today by Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI). SITES is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. Its rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower...

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Restoration to Begin

April 27, 2015

April 27 is the 193rd anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant, and coincidentally it marks the beginning of conservation efforts to restore the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial to its original glory. The Memorial is the largest statuary group in Washington, D.C., and the sculpture of Grant is among the largest equestrian statues in the world. The care of the Grant Memorial was transferred to the Architect of the Capitol in late 2011. Weather and time have not been kind, and upon transfer, the AOC addressed immediate safety issues and repaired the most visibly deteriorated conditions throughout...

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