Official painted portrait of 11th Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers.
Under Mr. Ayers' leadership, the Architect of the Capitol oversaw the...
The Capitol Christmas Tree in 2013
The Capitol Christmas Tree has been a tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964...

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Spring 2018 Issue of Tholos Magazine Now Available

July 20, 2018

Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 8 Spring 2018.
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Highlights include the articles below. Architect's Notebook: Finding Comfort in Balance Profile in History: Job W. Angus Feature: The Evolution of Women in Art at the U.S. Capitol Behind the Scenes: Restoration and Care of Historic Marble Floors By the Numbers: Capitol Visitor Center Cool Tools: Making Heads Safer, One Bump Cap at a Time Download the full Spring 2018 issue, or read the stories from this and previous issues on our blog.

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Renovated Bartholdi Park Achieves SITES Gold Certification

June 21, 2018

Members of the U.S. Botanic Garden and U.S. Green Building Council in Bartholdi Park with the SITES Gold Certification.
U.S. Botanic Garden's renovated Bartholdi Park showcases sustainable gardening, achieves SITES Gold certification The renovation of Bartholdi Park at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is complete, and the new garden is a showcase of sustainable gardening. Created in 1932, Bartholdi Park has served as a demonstration garden for more than 80 years and until 2016 had not undergone a complete renovation since its original construction. The renovation provided an opportunity to increase accessibility, showcase the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) principles in action, and demonstrate...

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AOC Receives Seventh Consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting

June 07, 2018

Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting for Fiscal Year 2017.
​For the seventh consecutive year, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) received the Association of Government Accountants' prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The AOC also received a special award in the category of “Best Executive Summary." This award recognized the AOC's PAR as the best government-wide example of a report containing a succinct, reader-friendly and impactful description of our agency's achievements. These awards speak highly of the teamwork and professionalism of...

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2018 Small Business Day

April 09, 2018

Attendees at AOC's 2010 Small Business Day.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hosting a Small Business Day on May 1, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in the Congressional Meeting Room – South. This event is for small business concerns and is designed to provide information about doing business with the AOC. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 18.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 570 acres of land throughout the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington, D.C. The AOC is seeking small business concerns that provide products or services that are...

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U.S. Capitol Cherry Blossoms Map

March 30, 2018

Map of cherry tree groups found on the U.S. Capitol campus.
Spring in Washington, D.C., officially arrives with the blooming of the cherry trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the District each year to admire these trees that surround the Tidal Basin. Many will use their trip to tour museums and local landmarks like the U.S Capitol while in town. Our Capitol Grounds crew cares for both big and small groups of cherry trees of a few different varieties (Yoshino and Japanese flowering). One of the largest groupings is in Lower Senate Park, where there are more than 100 cherry trees lining the fountain...

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Reverend Billy Graham to Lie in Honor February 28 and March 1

February 27, 2018

Looking up in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Information on Public Viewing Hours, Road Closures and Other Restrictions The late Reverend Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda beginning on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Members of the public and Capitol Hill community are invited to pay their respects at the U.S. Capitol. Following a private arrival ceremony to include Reverend Graham's family and Members of Congress, the U.S. Capitol Rotunda will open to the public from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Wednesday, February 28. All visitors will enter...

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