Caring for America's Capitol

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2017 Highlights


Sowing the Seeds of Victory

At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the United States remained on the sidelines as America continued to engage in commerce with European …


Behind the Scenes: Senate Office Buildings Masonry Branch

The Architect of the Capitol's Senate Office Buildings Masonry Branch, which includes 11 full-time employees, begins at 4 a.m. each morning to be …


Renovated Bartholdi Park is a SITE(S) to Behold

Bartholdi Park is a wonderful spot for eating lunch, finding a new favorite plant, enjoying a quiet moment and taking a break from a busy day. …


Historical Veggies Take Root In D.C. War Garden

Rob Gimpel is usually thinking about getting tulip bulbs in the ground this time of year, but right now he's ready to harvest pumpkins.<p>It's an unusual activity for Gimpel, the lead gardener of the areas around the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., but one that he's been thoroughly enjoying …


Then & Now: O'Neill House Office Building

The O'Neill House Office Building was constructed in the early 1960s. Originally known as Federal Office Building No. 8, the U.S. House of …

U.S. House of Representatives

Architect's Notebook: Signs of Respect

Many of our monumental buildings on Capitol Hill were designed and constructed using classical orders of architecture. When designing and …


Celebrate Capitol Grounds


We Are AOC

High-Voltage Team Powers the Powerful

<b>In the 1800s…</b><p>The Senate employed one horse and one wagon to carry all of its mail.<br>• Pages maintained the candles lighting members' desks during night …

U.S. Supreme Court

War Garden at the Library of Congress

To mark this year's centennial of America entering the Great War, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) recreated a War Garden as it would have been …

Library of Congress

Three Quacks for Union Square Duck Ramps

Each spring, mallard ducks return to Union Square. The male calls and female quacks echo across the rippling water and bounce off the stately statue …

Ulysses S. Grant

Family Connections at the Capitol

Being at the Capitol can be a family affair, literally! Barry Boughton volunteers each Monday at the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC). Originally from …


Then & Now: Madison Building

For $75 a month, you could rent a Capitol Hill apartment across the street from the magnificent Thomas Jefferson Building in a quiet neighborhood …

Library of Congress

Falling Into Spring

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 …


Historic Firsts: Capitol Hill Elevators

Before I started my research for this article, I had already outlined it in my head. An introduction highlighting the 160th birthday of the passenger …


John Adams Building

The John Adams Building is a well detailed but restrained Art Deco design, an architectural and decorative style inspired by the Exposition des Arts …

John Adams

A Sweet 2016

This past year has been filled with many sweet moments around the Capitol campus. From big events and projects (like Capitol exterior preservation …

Botanical Gardens

Take Five: The U.S. Botanic Garden

Things don't slow down just because it's winter. Below are five reasons to explore the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) this season, including tropical …

Botanical Gardens

In Celebration of the U.S. Capitol Dome


It's About Time

The Corinthian capitals with elaborate carvings of curled leaves, ornate flowers and stone scrolls, as well as the pediment statues, have stood …


Behind the Scenes: Jack of All Trades

The work of the Capitol Building's Insulation Division is as "behind the scenes" as you can get. In addition to installing insulation, the shop also …


Cool Tools: Squaring Off With History

Many of the tools we use around the Capitol campus are unique, historic and essential to our mission — in other words, they are cool tools! We asked …

Power Tools

Video Sunday with Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace

Capitol Dome Successfully Restored

This morning, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, announced that the first comprehensive restoration of the Capitol Dome in …


Architect of the Capitol Attaches Final Ornament to the U.S. Capitol Dome

Today the Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol, joined members of the Dome Restoration team to attach the final …


An artist paints the Capitol Rotunda model in the Visitor Center to ensure its colors reflect the recently completed larger restoration.

New Perspective, New Discoveries: A Close-up Look at Crawford's Progress of Civilization

Since 1863, Thomas Crawford's marble sculptural group <i>Progress of Civilization</i> has stood in the pediment above the Senate doors on the East Front of …


Conserving the Grant Memorial

The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, star of the <i>House of Cards</i> opening sequence, is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Unveiled in 1922, it was cared …