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Tholos Magazine

Sitting atop the Capitol Building's cast-iron Dome is the Tholos, a structure comprised of 12 columns encircling a lantern that is lit to signal when the House of Representatives, the Senate or both chambers are in session. The Tholos supports the base of the Statue of Freedom and provides amazing views of Washington, D.C. The entire Capitol campus is visible from the Tholos. Similarly, Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employees are seen in and around every building and across the grounds — day and night — in support of Congress, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. The AOC employee magazine, Tholos, is fittingly named after this prominent and important architectural feature.

Fall 2016

Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 3 Fall 2016.

Download the full Fall 2016 issue of the Tholos magazine, or read the stories on our blog.

In This Issue

  • Architect's Notebook: A Progression of the Imagination
  • Behind the Scenes: Jack of All Trades
  • Feature: It's About Time
  • Capitol View: Tholos
  • Cool Tools: Squaring Off With History
  • Before & After: Grant Memorial
  • Meet the Leaders: Cannon Renewal Project
  • Doing Good: Modern-Day Superhero
  • By the Numbers: Six Degrees of Service

Tholos Archives

The AOC Communications and Congressional Relations office published the first edition of the employee magazine, Foundations & Perspectives, in 2009. Since then we have strived to communicate stories that demonstrate our commitment to our mission – Serve, Preserve and Inspire.

Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 2 Summer 2016. Tholos Magazine cover, Volume 1 Winter 2016.