Caring for America's Capitol

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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 …

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 …

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 …

History

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 …

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 …

Gardening

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 …

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 …

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 …

Gardening

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 …

Archaeology

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

Elections

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 …

Architecture

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 …

Architecture

An artist paints the Capitol Rotunda model in the Visitor Center to ensure its colors reflect the recently completed larger restoration. https://t.co/ZPb2xI3pn0

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 …

Meigs' Miniatures: The Story of the Tiny Doors in the U.S. Capitol

Throughout the Capitol Building, visitors and staff often pause to imagine what is behind the building's smallest doors. Their guesses are as varied …

The Library's HVAC Aces

Just below the main floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress, the cellar level is home to the Architect of the Capitol's Air …

Library of Congress

Cool Tools: On the Cutting Edge

Cool Tools: On the Cutting Edge

Every one of us at the Architect of the Capitol, in every job we do, uses tools to serve, preserve and inspire. Many of the tools we use here are …

One Team, One Energy Reduction Mission

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) achieved an extraordinary goal at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 — successfully meeting the mandate to reduce …

What's Happening Behind the Capitol Scaffolding?

To answer this question, we travel to a brick building in Vienna, Virginia, where the hum of an industrial-sized machine is unmistakable. Littering …

Northern Lights Twinkle on the West Front Lawn

The mild and misty December air crackled with excitement as the Architect of the Capitol, members of Congress, congressional staff, Capitol Hill …

Lisa Murkowski

Capitol Dome Restoration December 2015