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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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2011 Capitol Christmas Tree lit up at night
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will arrive at the West Front of the Capitol...

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Industry Day on February 8

Jan 08, 2016

Photo of the exterior of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Please note this event was originally scheduled for January 25, 2016, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hosting an Industry Day on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in the North Congressional Meeting Room. This event is for the upcoming rehabilitation of the Rayburn House Office Building garage, which is a five story, below grade, interior structure.  The industry day is free and open any business interested in subcontracting opportunities, however, advance reservation is requested. Please e-mail ...

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A Welcoming Morning at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Dec 17, 2015

Participants enjoying the morning in the USBG train exhibit.
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the earth's fragile ecosystems. To ensure access to the broadest possible audience, the USBG recently hosted its first Morning at the Museum program. This program provides museum access for individuals with cognitive and sensory-processing disabilities by providing pre-visit preparation materials, a calmer visitation period for registered participants and a welcoming quiet "take-a-break" space. Staff and volunteers from the USBG, the Office...

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2015 Capitol Christmas Tree Will Shine Tonight

Dec 02, 2015

2013 Capitol Christmas Tree
The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony held today, Wednesday, December 2, at 5 p.m. on the Capitol's West Front Lawn. The ceremony is open to the public and no tickets are required. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as the master of ceremonies. The Honorable Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the House, will flip the switch to light the tree for the first time at dusk. This year's tree is a Lutz spruce selected from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. It was harvested on October 27, 2015, and after traveling thousands of miles across the...

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AOC Releases FY 2015 Performance and Accountability Report

Nov 30, 2015

FY 2015 Par Cover Image
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is now available. The FY 2015 PAR provides AOC's financial and performance information for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on September 30, 2015. The report provides candid insight into AOC's operations and accomplishments for the fiscal year and the challenges the organization faces. 2015 Highlights 2015 Full Report PDF "We believe that there is no greater mission than upholding the historic buildings entrusted to our care, and we look forward to continuing to serve...

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Repair of Southeast Stairwell in Russell Building

Nov 23, 2015

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 performing plaster repair work in the southeast stairwell of the Russell Building. This effort will require the installation of scaffold within the stairwell. Scaffold assembly will begin on Monday, November 23, and last through Friday, December 11. During this period, the southeast stairwell, which serves all floors, will close each night at 8:00 p.m., and will reopen each morning after 5:00 a.m. All levels of the stairwell will remain accessible through covered walkways under the scaffolding, built for the safety of...

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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives: From Alaska with Love

Nov 20, 2015

Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol, welcomes the Capitol Christmas tree to the West Front Lawn.
This morning the Capitol Christmas tree arrived on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The tree is an annual symbol of hope and celebration, so it is fitting that a truck driver who bears a striking resemblance to Old St. Nick, with a full white beard and smiling eyes, delivered it to the Capitol. "I am honored to accept this year's Capitol Christmas tree on behalf of the U.S. Congress. I'd like to thank the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Congressional delegation for their support, those who helped get this beautiful tree to Washington, D.C., and the children, artists and community...

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