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Architect of the Capitol Announces New U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director

July 09, 2014

The Architect of the Capitol announces the selection of Ari Novy, Ph.D., as Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). "Dr. Novy is a plant biologist with a wide range of expertise in plant science and an amazing passion to educate people about the importance of plants," said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol and Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. "His vision and leadership will move the Garden's mission forward in exciting ways." Novy first came to the USBG as Public Programs Manager and was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in 2013. Prior to...

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Special events to affect Capitol access and tours, June 24 and 26

June 23, 2014

June 24, 2014 – A ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. Because of this ceremony, the second floor of the U.S. Capitol will be unavailable for public and staff-led tours on June 24. In addition, public and staff-led tours will be restricted from the first floor of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 2:30 p.m. Please note that at times during and after this event, the Capitol Police may...

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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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