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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.
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Conserving the Grant Memorial

By Michele Cohen

When work on the bronze components and marble pedestals is completed this fall, viewers will again see the subtle details of the original sculpture.

Up close detail of bronze figure on the Grant Memorial.
This group portrait monument to the pioneers of the woman suffrage movement.
May 6, 2016
In honor of Mother's Day, explore more women who have played significant roles in the development of our nation and are featured in art at the U.S. Capitol.More »
Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome visible above the trees.
April 29, 2016
Celebrated annually on the last Friday in April, National Arbor Day highlights the importance of trees, their planting and their care. Architect of the Capitol employees are involved in comprehensive tree care on this day, and every day throughout the year.More »
The AOC Library Buildings and Grounds team.
April 25, 2016
Our team actively works as ambassadors for energy reduction within the Library of Congress buildings, while helping maintain their invaluable and irreplaceable collection.More »
Energy savings through ESPCs.
April 18, 2016
ESPCs have assisted us in completing several conservation measures around the Capitol, House and Senate.More »
Relief portrait of Thomas Jefferson.
April 13, 2016
Our nation’s third president has his successes, as well as himself, memorialized in more than 10 pieces of art in the U.S. Capitol Building.More »
More energy-efficient LED lighting.
April 12, 2016
The Senate Jurisdiction's emphasis on energy-efficient lighting was integral to meeting our agency-wide energy reduction goal.More »
The marble plaza of the Supreme Court Building.
April 7, 2016
We care for more than 20 water features across the Capitol campus. How many can you name?More »
Cannon Renewal Project - February 2016
April 5, 2016
By deploying this construction best practice, the Cannon Renewal Project will save a tremendous amount of natural resources, require less manpower and result in savings to the American taxpayer. More »
Richard Edmonds, Industrial Engineering Technician at the Capitol Power Plant.
April 1, 2016
Our approach to sustainability and energy on Capitol Hill is built upon three defining elements... buildings, infrastructure and people.More »
Blanchet assists with a launch, Jonas Green State Park, Annapolis, Maryland
March 29, 2016
Electrician Martin Blanchet volunteers with Heroes on the Water, which helps veterans relax and rehabilitate through kayak fishing.More »
The Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.
March 22, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol describes how he finds inspiration every day from the beautiful details of the Capitol campus.More »
Four leaf clover.
March 17, 2016
For Americans of Irish heritage, there is much to celebrate. Beginning with our Nation's founding, Irishmen risked their lives to establish what would become the United States of America.More »
Cohen watches the recasting of missing pieces from the Grant Memorial at a foundry in Pennsylvania.
March 16, 2016
The Curator Division's commitment to building knowledge continues to thrive under new leadership.More »
Close-up of the James Madison statue in Memorial Hall.
March 16, 2016
Today marks the 265th birthday of our nation's fourth president. To celebrate this special occasion, we are highlighting the art featuring or including James Madison on the Capitol campus.More »
Tuning fork used by Meigs to ensure that iron placed in the Dome was sound, along with copies of Meigs' writing and pieces of cast iron recovered from the Dome during the restoration project.
March 10, 2016
Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does AOC have one – and what makes it cool?More »

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