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Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...

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East front of the Capitol.
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Projects

Capitol Dome Restoration
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

The Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, one of America’s great symbols of freedom, needs additional restoration as part of an on-going multi-phased program.

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Photo of the House Wing.
Status: Building:

The U.S. Capitol Smoke Control Project involves installing fans to upgrade safety control systems. To facilitate construction, temporary enclosures will be built on the roof of the Capitol.

The project is scheduled to be complete before the next Presidential Inauguration.

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Photo of sidewalk on Capitol Campus.
Status: Ongoing Building: Capitol Campus
The Architect of the Capitol continues to improve the accessible pathway for the Capitol campus. More »
Photo of Bartholdi Park with the U.S. Botanic Garden conservatory in the background.
Status: Ongoing Building: U.S. Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Architect of the Capitol (AOC) will provide a safe and accessible route from Bartholdi Park to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial and upgrade the aging infrastructure of the historic Park.

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Brumidi Conservation Work
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

The U.S. Capitol's Brumidi Corridors are undergoing an extensive restoration as part of the Brumidi Corridors Restoration Project.

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Plaster repairs underway at the U.S. Capitol
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

The AOC has identified areas throughout the Capitol that contain historic paint colors or decoration that need restoration. In many of these areas the plaster has cracked under the stress and weight of multiple paint layers, a result of decades of repainting wall and ceiling surfaces. These areas have been marked for paint analysis; a process that allows the AOC to record what finishes were used in the past before repairing the wall. This allows the area to be restored to its original appearance. Once an area has been documented, the walls must be stripped down to a stable surface that... More »

Status: Ongoing 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 complete in spring 2016.  

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West Front Staging Area
Status: Ongoing Building: Capitol Grounds

In support of the Dome Restoration Project trucks deliver equipment and supplies to the East and West Fronts of the U.S. Capitol between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flagmen direct pedestrians to use the sidewalk during the delivery process for safety. Additionally, a staging area has been established on the northwest lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the duration of the project.... More »

Masons work on Olmsted Terrace Steps
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol

AOC is undertaking a multi-year project to repair, clean and preserve the Olmsted Terrace masonry walls around the Capitol Building.

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Status: Ongoing 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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