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Senate Fountain

By aoc_admin | June 11, 2020
… oval basin the water piped underground three sculpted stone bubbler fountains the north wall the terrace the scalloped rims their tiered … replace any losses the mechanical equipment for operating the fountains located directly under the main fountain the water circulated pumps passes gravity through 24inch castiron pipe the lower fountains and then flows concrete 30000gallon surge tank under the …
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By the Numbers: Senate Fountain

By sarah.davis | April 12, 2017
… the basin the water piped underground three sculpted stone bubbler fountains the north wall the terrace from there the water again piped … pumps passing gravity through 24inch castiron pipe the lower fountains before flowing concrete 30000gallon surge tank under the section the terrace containing the bubbler fountains recirculating pumps ensure water conservation and fresh water …

One of the overlooked gems on Washington D.C.'s Capitol Hill, the Senate fountain, is nestled between Union Station and the U.S. Capitol, atop the Senate upper park. The hexagonal granite fountain

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Capturing Bartholdi Fountain

By sarah.davis | November 26, 2012

Each month AOC’s photography branch will break down an iconic photo of Capitol Hill and share tips and tricks for snapping beautiful images at the Capitol. This month AOC photographer Susanne Bledsoe

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House Garage Fountain Cherry Trees

By aoc_admin | June 30, 2020

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Lower Senate Fountain Cherry Trees

By aoc_admin | June 30, 2020

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Bartholdi Park and Fountain

By aoc_admin | June 10, 2020

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Court of Neptune

By aoc_admin | June 11, 2020
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Calm and Collected Waters

By sarah.davis | June 20, 2018
… the capitol west front history discoveries calm and collected waters fountains and formal pools water abound the capitol campus washington … below collection seven water features that inspire 1 olmsted fountains olmsted fountain the east front the capitol near the central … entrance the capitol and the capitol visitor center are two large fountains designed frederick law olmsted that often feature floral …

Fountains and formal pools of water abound on the U.S. Capitol campus in Washington, D.C. These small areas of urban "blue space" may provide other benefits though, including mental tranquility and

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While You Were Sleeping – AOC Masons at Work

By sarah.davis | October 18, 2012
… the capitol dome night seen behind one the east front olmsted fountains behind the scenes while you were sleeping aoc masons work …

Masons working at the Architect of the Capitol get the campus ready for another day before the rest of the employees on Capitol Hill even wake. They have a small window of time very early in the day

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Water Features Everywhere

By sarah.davis | April 7, 2016
… capitol include bartholdi fountain capitol reflecting pool senate park fountains and the neptune fountain but below are eight others know … supreme court building west front also has two water features these fountains are placed among the marble plaza alternating circles and … believed have held drinking cups ladles now three individual drinking fountains connected the filtered city water supply provide drinking …

There are more than 20 water features that Architect of the Capitol cares for. Spanning across the U.S. Capitol campus, each of the House office buildings, Senate office buildings, Library of Congress

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Architect's Notebook: Design with Purpose

By sarah.davis | March 15, 2017
… finer details around our beautiful campus this spring the flowers and fountains burst life stephen ayers the 11th architect the capitol … …

Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers describes his love of birds, especially the great blue heron, and their role in the focal point of Capitol Square's perimeter wall. As one approaches the central

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Summer at the U.S. Capitol

By aoc_admin | June 20, 2020
… from more than 20 water features what can visitors see and summer fountains although the water features maintained the architect the … pools cool are located near the … what can visitors see and summer fountains although the water features maintained the architect the … near the capitol including the capitol reflecting pool senate park fountains the neptune fountain and the botanic garden bartholdi …

Summer in Washington, D.C. brings heat, humidity and families on vacation. Across the Capitol campus, visitors can find relief in the cool shade of thousands of trees and aquatic inspiration from more

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Senate Underground Garage and Landscape Restoration

By sarah.davis | April 10, 2018
… repairs the 20 underground garage south wall waterproofing repairs the fountains and upper plaza directly over the garage and the pedestrian …

The Architect of the Capitol is undertaking a multi-year project to renovate the Senate Underground Garage and Senate Park.

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The First Cornerstone

By sarah.davis | September 18, 2014

The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday, September 18, 1793, during the first large public event staged in the federal city.

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Capitol Power Plant

By aoc_admin | June 9, 2020
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Top 5 Spots to Enjoy Spring on Capitol Grounds

By sarah.davis | April 8, 2013

Spring in Washington, D.C., is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation's capital; it is also the busiest. Learn about five beautiful, and less known spots, to enjoy the warm weather on the

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Bartholdi Park Improvements

By sarah.davis | December 8, 2015

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Architect of the Capitol (AOC) have made improvements to provide a safe and accessible route from Bartholdi Park to the American Veterans Disabled for Life

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The Lion – A Mane Attraction

By sarah.davis | March 1, 2016

The lion, with its prominent mane, is a popular symbol in art and architecture on the U.S. Capitol campus. Here are six areas where you'll find this type of cat on the Capitol campus, including a few

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Fast Forward to Spring at the U.S. Botanic Garden

By sarah.davis | February 25, 2014
… from deep orange vibrant purple and the sounds symphony playing and fountains splashing the warmth the garden was welcome escape from this … the shape musical instruments add whimsy the garden court and the fountains timed the music filling the room provide peaceful atmosphere …

Experience the incredible elegance of an Orchid Symphony, on display at the U.S. Botanic Garden, February through April 2014. The exhibit features exuberant displays of orchids nestled among whimsical

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U.S. Capitol Cherry Blossoms Map

By sarah.davis | March 30, 2018

Spring in Washington, D.C., officially arrives with the blooming of the cherry trees and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. On the U.S. Capitol campus, the AOC Capitol Grounds crew cares for

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Elementary School Resources

By sarah.davis | April 1, 2020
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Falling Into Spring

By sarah.davis | March 29, 2017
… busy hauling materials for the gardeners cleaning and making repairs fountains and servicing the capitol reflecting pool and our tree care … masons plumbers and heavy equipment operators also busy preparing the fountains and the capitol reflecting pool the fountains are highmaintenance clean the smaller fountains twice week …

Spring is the season of new beginnings when the Earth seems to come to life again. But it is the year-round planning, preparation and hard work of the Capitol Grounds team that ensures buds bloom

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Symbolism Roars to Life on Capitol Hill

By sarah.davis | March 6, 2018

Imagery of the lion is well-represented in the art and architectural details of the U.S. Capitol campus in Washington, D.C. Historically, lions were used in architectural ornamentation to provide a

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Behind the Scenes: Senate Office Buildings Masonry Branch

By sarah.davis | November 1, 2017
… the epoxy carefully hide the seams they clean granite the senate fountains which gets stained because sediment the water and they repair …

Some Architect of the Capitol employees are highly visible, while others work behind the scenes to preserve the awe-inspiring facilities on Capitol Hill. Go behind the scenes to learn more about the

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Keeping Your Cool at the Capitol

By sarah.davis | July 6, 2016
… summerhouse located the west front lawn offers seating and drinking fountains the hexagonshaped summerhouse located the west front lawn offers seating and drinking fountains someone exhibiting these signs have the individual …

On average, July is the hottest month in Washington, D.C. Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you live on, work or visit Capitol Hill during the summer

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Frederick Law Olmsted

By aoc_admin | June 9, 2020

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Summerhouse

By aoc_admin | June 10, 2020
… are believed have held drinking cups ladles three individual drinking fountains connected the filtered city water supply now provide drinking …

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Olmsted Terrace

By aoc_admin | June 10, 2020
… the building the capitol visitor center capitol visitor center the fountains and lanterns are fully modernized and new technologies such …
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Renovated Bartholdi Park is a SITE(S) to Behold

By ddotson | October 25, 2017

An in-depth summary of a recent renovation at the U.S. Botanic Garden's Bartholdi Park to increase accessibility and incorporate areas of sustainable landscaping including hydrology, vegetation, soil

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A Welcoming Morning at the U.S. Botanic Garden

By sarah.davis | December 17, 2015
… stimulants including turning off large fans plant misters water fountains music hand dryers and sliding doors volunteers facilitated …

The U.S. Botanic Garden's "Morning at the Museum" program provides museum access for individuals with cognitive and sensory-processing disabilities by providing pre-visit preparation materials, a