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Official painted portrait of 11th Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers.
Under Mr. Ayers' leadership, the Architect of the Capitol oversaw the...
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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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Saharah Moon Chapotin Named New U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director

February 20, 2018

U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Saharah Moon Chapotin
The Architect of the Capitol announces the selection of Saharah Moon Chapotin, Ph.D., as Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). "Dr. Chapotin is a plant scientist with a passion to educate people about the importance of plants and agriculture," said Stephen T. Ayers, Architect of the Capitol and Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. "As she leads the Garden in its efforts to connect people with plants, her vision and experience will guide the USBG as it approaches the 200th anniversary of its 1820 Congressional charter." Prior to joining the USBG, Chapotin...

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Three Corpse Flowers to Bloom at U.S. Botanic Garden

August 10, 2017

Three corpse flower blooms at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
For the first time in the history of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), three corpse flowers (Amorphophallus titanum) are about to bloom at the USBG Conservatory. The plants went on display Tuesday, August 8. One of the plants is the first corpse flower to bloom that the USBG has grown from seed. The USBG currently estimates peak bloom might happen between August 17 and 22. Once fully open, each bloom usually remains open for 24 to 48 hours and then quickly collapses. You can track the blooms' progress via live video at www.usbg.gov/CorpseFlower. This appears to be the first time that a garden...

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Outdoor Summer Concert Series Returns to U.S. Botanic Garden

June 15, 2017

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is pleased to announce the return of their popular American Roots Music Concert Series for 2017. The summer concert series, which the USBG first offered in 2015, celebrates American roots music – Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz and zydeco. Concerts June through August will be held outdoors in the National Garden Amphitheater surrounded by the beautiful Regional Garden of native plants (rain location inside the Conservatory in the Garden Court). The USBG continues to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Garden, which opened in 2006....

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