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Painted Portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...

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The Capitol at night.

Status: Completed

Building: United States Capitol

On Friday evening, August 22, 2014, the Architect of the Capitol is performing planned maintenance to electrical systems in the Capitol Building. During this work, brief outages of the lights on the Capitol Dome may occur. This work is not related to the Capitol Dome Restoration Project.

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Status: Completed

Building: United States Capitol

The main entrance and exit doors to the Capitol Visitor Center will be replaced with doors that will be lighter and easier to open for visitors. The installations are scheduled in phases to minimize inconvenience to staff and visitors. During each phase of construction the doors being replaced will be inaccessible, but the remaining entrance and exit doors will be available for use. Temporary barriers will be erected to maintain building security and protect visitors. This project is scheduled to be completed by Inauguration 2017.

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Capitol Windows

Status: Completed

Building: United States Capitol

Repairs to the exterior side of the Capitol Building windows located on the House side will be performed between September 2, 2014 through mid-November 2014. The repairs are focused on the exterior side of the windows and some minor work on the interior side will take place during non-operational hours to avoid disruptions to the space occupants. A scaffold system will be used to reach each window and perform the repairs. Once the repairs to a block of windows have been completed, the scaffold towers will be relocated to the next set of windows requiring a similar access to complete the... More »




Generator Progress May 2014

Status: Completed

Building: U.S. Library of Congress

Work is underway at the northwest corner of the Library of Congress John Adams Building to replace the existing emergency generator with one that provides more than twice the power.

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Work Photography of a Worker repairing the Hart Roof at sunset.

Status: Completed

Building: Senate Office Buildings

In December 2014, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) began replacing the roof and 180 skylights and upgrading the fall protection system on the Hart Senate Office Building. The roof and skylights, which were installed in 1982, had reached the end of their useful life and, over time, had allowed water infiltration which caused building damage.

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John Adams Building Monumental Door

Status: Completed

Building: U.S. Library of Congress

AOC is replacing the original, historic bronze doors of the Library of Congress John Adams Building to be compliant with fire, security and ADA codes. The new door design incorporates cast glass panels mounted within a bronze framework that reference the artistic heritage of the original doors by recreating the original, historic bronze reliefs in kiln-cast glass. The kiln-formed sculptural glass was made from molds taken off the original door sculptures.

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Olmsted Fountain

Status: Completed

Building: Capitol Grounds

Olmsted Fountains basins on the East Front Plaza will be cleaned this spring More »



Status: Completed

Building: House Office Buildings

A project to modernize the overhead utilities and install new life safety systems in the tunnel between the Rayburn House Office Building and the Capitol Building is expected to last through 2016. The work includes installing fire alarm, sprinkler systems, energy efficient lighting and a new ceiling above the pedestrian walkway.

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The Capitol Reflecting Pool is located at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Status: Completed

Building: Capitol Grounds

Please be aware of the upcoming annual cleaning of the Capitol Reflecting Pool: November 3-8, 2014. More »



Overhead view of the Russell southeast stairwell, an open staircase serving all floors of the Russell Building.

Status: Completed

Building: Senate Office Buildings

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.

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