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Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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Building, Infrastructure, People The Architect of the Capitol is committed to...

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Construction activities for the repair and replacement of the Hart Senate...

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Status: Ongoing

Building: House Office Buildings

The Cannon House Office Building has not received a comprehensive systems upgrade since the 1930s, and many of the building's systems are original – dating back to 1908 or earlier. These systems are past the end of their useful lives and the increasing risk of their failure jeopardizes the building's long-term functionality and safety. Other necessary work includes upgrading infrastructure systems andrepairing the exterior stone façade.

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Plaster repairs underway at the U.S. Capitol

Status: Ongoing

Building: United States Capitol

The AOC has identified areas throughout the Capitol that contain historic paint colors or decoration that need restoration. In many of these areas the plaster has cracked under the stress and weight of multiple paint layers, a result of decades of repainting wall and ceiling surfaces. These areas have been marked for paint analysis; a process that allows the AOC to record what finishes were used in the past before repairing the wall. This allows the area to be restored to its original appearance. Once an area has been documented, the walls must be stripped down to a stable surface that... More »




Status: Ongoing

Building: U.S. Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Architect of the Capitol (AOC) will restore the deteriorating stone façade and roof of the historic USBG Conservatory. Aside from a modest addition at the rear of the building, the historic Conservatory exterior remains unchanged from its 1933 appearance. 

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South Olmsted terrace restoration in 2015.

Status: Ongoing

Building: United States Capitol

To properly restore the Olmsted Terrace, a six-phased project is underway by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to repair the masonry at the terrace walls.

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A saw-cutting machine was used to remove slabs of concrete so that new concrete and steel reinforcement could replace it.

Status: Ongoing

Building: House Office Buildings

Years of leaking water and melting snow mixed with road salts have caused significant corrosion to the Rayburn House Office Building garage's structural concrete. For the past 15 years, interim measures have been put in place to extend its life. Unfortunately, some areas have deteriorated to the point where interim measures are no longer an option, and parking cannot be supported.

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Status: Ongoing

Building: Senate Office Buildings

The Russell Senate Office Building is the oldest of the three Senate Buildings and a wonderful example of the Beaux Arts style of architecture. However, over time, weathering and age have diminished many of the fine details of the facility's exterior stone, allowed water to penetrate into the building, impaired the building's energy efficiency and caused operational and... More »




Status: Ongoing

Building: U.S. Supreme Court

The first phase of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building restoration project involves the installation of netting at select locations of the building. Subsequent phases will include the removal of the building's veneer and replacement of damaged stone panels on the building's façade.

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Status: Ongoing

Building: U.S. Supreme Court

The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building (TMFJB) is undergoing a renovation of the facility's parking garage. The project includes repair of water infiltration problems, replacement of interior finishes, crack repairs, a new traffic surface topping, and upgrades to the lighting and sprinkler systems.

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Scaffold on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Status: Ongoing

Building: United States Capitol

A multi-phased project designed to address deferred maintenance, extend the life expectancy of the deteriorated stone and to replace missing elements of the U.S. Capitol Building.

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Status: Ongoing

Building: Capitol Grounds

This captivating monument is in the midst of a meticulous conservation effort. In 2016, disfiguring corrosion was removed; over 150 castings of missing or broken pieces, from swords to chain links, were reintegrated into the monument. The marble plinths were refurbished, with joints repointed and stains removed. This work on the bronze components and marble pedestals allow viewers to again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.

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