Painted portrait of the second Architect of the Capitol, Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
Benjamin Henry Latrobe was hired by President Jefferson in 1803 to fill the...
Close-up detail photo with Statue of Freedom during conservation in 1993.
An in-depth look at the evolution of women in art at the U.S. Capitol. First...

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A Christmas Spruce from the Land of Enchantment

By Jim Kaufmann

Travel with us to the Carson National Forest in New Mexico to select the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

View of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.
View of the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.
November 6, 2019
Travel with us to the Carson National Forest in New Mexico to select the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
Close look at a door hinge in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, patented Nov. 22, 1887.
September 3, 2019
Architect of the Capitol teams worked together to complete the Fire Door Improvements project in the Thomas Jefferson Building, improving fire safety within this historic space.More »
This donated orchid adds to the rich heritage and importance of the U.S. Botanic Garden's collection.
August 6, 2019
This donated collection — the second largest single donation in USBG history — adds to the rich heritage and importance of the USBG's orchid collection.More »
The tombstone of Colonel Charles De Witt. Born 1727 - Died Aug. 27, 1787. Patriot, statesman and leader in the revolution. Voting to ratify the Declaration of Independence.
July 23, 2019
Starting in the 1650's, the De Witt family settled in and around Kingston, New York, and was prominent in the early history of Ulster County. Colonel Charles De Witt's career extended far beyond his home county, including being named as delegate to the Continental Congress.More »
Brumidi's "War" is portrayed by Minerva, goddess of wisdom and battle, flying across a landscape accompanied by a cherub riding on an eagle.
July 2, 2019
Constantino Brumidi decorated many walls and ceilings in the U.S. Capitol, including six important congressional rooms.More »
The Capitol Materials Cart being shown to visitors in Emancipation Hall.
June 5, 2019
The cart's trays allow U.S. Capitol visitors to see and touch elements of the building often out of reach or hidden to an untrained eye.More »
Section, Revised Dome Design for U.S. Capitol. Pen, Ink and watercolor by Thomas U. Walter, 1859.
May 21, 2019
Did you know that the 15,000-pound bronze Statue of Freedom, standing atop the cast iron of the U.S. Capitol Dome, dances every day? More »
The Blackjack painting discovered in the U.S. Capitol.
May 14, 2019
During a recent renovation at the U.S. Capitol Building, members of the Architect of the Capitol uncovered a long-forgotten painting of the famous horse.More »
The artifacts in this photograph were passed down through the family of Brumidi's third wife and given to the Architect of the Capitol.
May 6, 2019
Several artifacts were passed down through Brumidi's family and given to the Architect of the Capitol over a span of years beginning around 1961.More »
In April 2019, Christine Merdon was serving as the acting Architect of the Capitol.
April 30, 2019
Four quick questions with the acting Architect of the Capitol.More »
Paul Miller (left) and Anderson Alleyne (right) are two AOC employees that embody its mission to serve, preserve and inspire.
April 10, 2019
Employee spotlight on an AOC elevator mechanic who started as a night shift laborer in the U.S. Capitol and has continued to rise through the ranks.More »
United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. Section of south wing, 1800s drawing by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.
April 3, 2019
Thomas Jefferson, inspired by skylights he saw in Paris, prevailed upon the Architect of the Capitol to include something similar in the U.S. Capitol's new House chamber.More »
AOC employees test an underground utility locator on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
March 26, 2019
This cool tool enables the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to quickly respond to requests to dig on the U.S. Capitol grounds. More »
Restoring the windows of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
February 12, 2019
Preservation allows the building to retain much of its original character and charm, while increasing the building's functionality for those who work and visit within its walls.More »
Close-up view of bronze door handle in the shape of a snake. Once part of the entrance to the U.S. Capitol's House chamber.
February 8, 2019
A brief history of the Capitol Bronze Shop established by Montgomery Meigs for the Capitol Extension.More »


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