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On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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Overhead view of the Russell southeast stairwell, an open staircase serving all floors of the Russell Building.
From November 23 through March 2016, the Architect of the Capitol will be...

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Preservation Day Celebration at the U.S. Capitol

September 19, 2016

Preservation Day - Save the Date! Friday, September 23, 2016
When the 89th United States Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, it changed the way America views, treats, and shares its history. Join us for a fun-filled observation of this anniversary, and learn how the "People's House" — the Capitol — is preserved for all! Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers and ACHP Expert Member Robert G. Stanton explain the significance of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 Meet with the experts who research, conserve, and document the history of the Capitol Dome Tour the varied and spectacular art of the Brumidi...

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Explore the Capitol Visitor Center's Newest Exhibit

September 14, 2016

Taxes, national defense spending, and voting rights—today's legislative agenda or issues Congress debated during the Progressive Era? You can decide after visiting the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center's newest exhibit—part two of Congress and the Progressive Era—on display in Exhibition Hall from September 14, 2016, to March 13, 2017. From the 1890s to the 1920s, a period known as the Progressive Era, the United States experienced dramatic social, cultural, and political change. Confronted with domestic and international challenges, Congress reexamined the government's role in the economy and the...

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Rotunda Reopens to the Public

September 06, 2016

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is pleased to reopen the Capitol Rotunda following the successful completion of its restoration. Preserving the historic Rotunda is a priority for the AOC. Water leaking through the Capitol Dome and into the building caused more than a 1,000 cracks, damaging paint, cast iron, stone and decorative elements in the Rotunda. Beginning in July 2015, and throughout the restoration process, the AOC repaired ironwork, upgraded electrical and mechanical systems, installed new lighting, removed hazardous materials and returned the paint scheme to more historically...

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Rotunda Closure for Final Restoration Phase

July 12, 2016

In the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, looking up towards the Apotheosis of Washington.
The Dome and Rotunda restoration projects mark important milestones in our ongoing efforts to preserve our infrastructure, enhance the beauty of our historic buildings and improve safety and security for all employees and visitors. We are pleased to report that work to restore the U.S. Capitol Rotunda is in the final phase. In order to facilitate the project's completion, the Rotunda will be temporarily closed following the final tour on Saturday, July 23, to safely remove scaffolding. We anticipate public and staff-led tours to the Rotunda will resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The...

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Statement on Cannon House Office Building Water

July 06, 2016

Water samples from facilities managed by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) are tested for lead. Over the course of the last 11 years, the AOC has taken nearly 400 samples from primary devices — including drinking fountains — and about 220 samples from secondary sources — such as sinks — in the Cannon House Office Building with no concern for water quality. On the afternoon of Monday, June 27, 2016, the AOC began receiving anomalous test results. Our top priority is the safety and health of the congressional community. In response, the AOC made the decision to shut down the drinking water to...

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"A Capitol Fourth" Concert at the U.S. Capitol

June 30, 2016

The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Know Before You Go: Information on the Concert, Rehearsal, Prohibited Items, and Street Closures WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, July 4, 2016, the annual "A Capitol Fourth" Concert, celebrating America's Independence Day, will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Monday, and gates will open to the public at 3 p.m. There will also be a full concert dress rehearsal for this event on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at 8 p.m. Gates will open to the public on Sunday at 3 p.m....

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