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The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
A few ideas to help you in planning a visit to Capitol Hill.

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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Ayers to serve as...

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Capitol Visitor Center rendering of south entrance.
Accessibility was a key component of the design of the Capitol Visitor Center,...
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A Passion for Pedaling

By Jamie Herr

This passionate group of AOC employees aims to improve biking conditions around the Capitol campus.

AOC Employee, MJ Pajak bikes to work on the Capitol campus.
U.S. Capitol Dome and Shuttle Discovery flying by
December 21, 2012
Capitol Hill 2012 in pictures - from the memorable, to the beautiful, to the solemn.More »
AOC's Sharon Gang and Senator Daniel K. Akaka
December 17, 2012
Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager for the Capitol Visitor Center, reflects on her first job on Capitol Hill, and how the lessons learned there stick with her to this day.More »
Scene "Cortez and Montezuma at Mexican Temple" from the Frieze of American History in the Capitol Rotunda
December 12, 2012
AOC's Matt Guilfoyle investigates the myth of the Mayan Calendar at the U.S. Capitol.More »
U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory decorated for the holidays
December 5, 2012
Landscape Architect Nick Nelson details the process he undertook to design the 2012 Season’s Greenings holiday exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden.More »
Capitol Visitor Center Opening Ceremony
November 30, 2012
On December 2, the Capitol Visitor Center celebrates its four-year anniversary. Sharon Gang, the third member of the CVC's operations staff, reflects back to the opening four years ago. More »
Bartholdi Fountain, 40mm, 200 ISO, f/14, 5 seconds
November 26, 2012
Each month AOC’s photography branch will break down an iconic photo of Capitol Hill and share tips and tricks for snapping beautiful images at the Capitol. This month AOC photographer Susanne Bledsoe walks us through a shot of Bartholdi Fountain in Bartholdi Park on the Capitol Grounds.More »
2012 Capitol Christmas Tree arrives at U.S. Capitol
November 26, 2012
The Capitol Christmas tree has just arrived at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol! This year's tree is a 65-foot Engelmann spruce that came all the way from Colorado.More »
Statue of Abraham Lincoln in Rotunda of U.S. Capitol
November 9, 2012
The recent attention for the movie “Lincoln” produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln draws focus on this remarkable individual, the period in which he lived and led, and his connections to the U.S. Capitol. Today, one cannot walk far in the Capitol Building without seeing a likeness or other connection to America’s 16th President and the tumultuous period he served in Congress and the White House.  More »
The aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium) in bloom at the National Garden
October 25, 2012
It’s fall in the Mid-Atlantic and brisk, sunny days provide opportunities for wonderful walks outdoors. Fall brings fabulous color to the U.S. Botanic Garden, so while you’re out enjoying the season, make sure to take the time to strop by and see what's in bloom. More »
The Capitol Dome in Fall 2012
October 24, 2012
Michael Dunn, AOC’s chief of photography, draws upon his 15 years of experience to share tips for photographing the Capitol Grounds in fall.More »
AOC's masons repair stone on the East Front Plaza of the U.S. Capitol at 4 a.m.
October 18, 2012
It wasn't quite 4 a.m. when I arrived at the Capitol Building on Friday, October 12, and it was a chilly 48 degrees. While I was still adjusting to the darkness and cold the AOC stone masons were getting to work: cleaning the walls of the Capitol, plastering, laying stone and cutting countertops. These are just a few of the daily tasks the masons perform and that I got to watch as they set about getting the Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even woke.More »
Accessible Entrance at the CVC and sign
October 9, 2012
After Sharon Gang, Communications & Marketing Manager at the Capitol Visitor Center, underwent recent knee surgery she knew getting around would be challenging. Read about her experience relying on accessibility options at the Capitol Visitor Center.More »
Hundreds of media outlets from around the world cover the Presidential Inauguration.
September 28, 2012
Inauguration at the Capitol takes a team effort to pull together, and planning for the event begins as soon as the previous inaugural ends. Take a behind the scenes look at AOC's role in this event.More »
AOC tree surgeon cares for trees on Capitol Grounds
September 25, 2012
Year round, I often notice Architect of the Capitol employees perched high in the trees above. I love the large, beautiful trees across Capitol Hill—they are longest standing witnesses of the history of this campus, from the burning of the Capitol by the British to the sculpting of the current grounds in 1872 by Frederick Law Olmsted. I was concerned that the AOC was cutting this history down – so I did some investigating.More »
What does the Constitution mean to me? Exhibit
September 14, 2012
My colleagues at the Capitol Visitor Center’s (CVC) Exhibits and Education Division asked that I create a sample journal to inspire U.S. Capitol visitors who will make journals as part of Constitution Week activities at the CVC the week of September 17.More »

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