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Rotunda Reopen

May 22, 2014

3:18 pm, May 22 - The Capitol Rotunda has reopened. Earlier today, a small piece of protective padding between the scaffold and Rotunda walls dislodged and fell to the Rotunda floor. The Architect of the Capitol directed the Dome Restoration contractor to more securely fasten the padding. They also performed a thorough inspection of the scaffolding and canopy, which were found to be secure.

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Temporary Rotunda Closure

May 22, 2014

2:30 p.m. - The Capitol Rotunda is temporarily closed and will be reopened as soon as possible. The closure is out of an abundance of caution to allow inspections to the protective canopy in the Rotunda after a small piece of protective padding between the scaffold and Rotunda walls dislodged. Information about the Rotunda reopening will be provided as soon as available.

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U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda Reopening

April 30, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY  Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda Reopening  WHO: Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP WHAT: The Architect of the Capitol will conduct a briefing for media on the reopening of the U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda after completion of the safety netting installation and provide a status update on the Dome Restoration Project. The event is open to credentialed media from the House and Senate Media Galleries. WHEN: April 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (media set-up at 4:30 p.m.). WHERE: Capitol Rotunda - credentialed...

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Borlaug Statue to Join National Statuary Hall Collection

February 26, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will dedicate a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, March 25 in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol. Widely regarded as America's greatest agricultural scientist, Dr. Borlaug's groundbreaking work in wheat improvement saved starving populations around the globe and earned him our nation's highest honors. The statue will represent the...

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Christmas Tree to arrive at U.S. Capitol on November 25

November 13, 2013

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol along First Street, NW, at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2013. This year’s tree is an Engelmann spruce from the Newport Ranger District of the Colville National Forest in Washington State. It was harvested on November 1, and is currently traveling from Washington across the country; making stops in 22 communities along the way. After it arrives at the U.S. Capitol and is secured in the ground, the tree will be decorated with thousands of ornaments, handcrafted by Washingtonians to reflect this year’s theme, “...

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AOC Launches U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration

October 22, 2013

The United States Capitol Dome, symbol of American democracy and world-renowned architectural icon, was constructed of cast iron more than 150 years ago. The Dome has not undergone a complete restoration since 1959-1960 and due to age and weather is now plagued by more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies. This fall the Architect of the Capitol will begin a multi-year project to repair these deficiencies, restoring the Dome to its original, inspiring splendor and ensuring it can safely serve future generations of visitors and employees as the roof of the Capitol. “As stewards of the Capitol...

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