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Painted portrait of tenth Architect of the Capitol, Alan M. Hantman.
Alan M. Hantman, FAIA, served as the 10th Architect of the Capitol.
Blue heron carved in stone at the focal point, the central fountain, in the perimeter wall surrounding Capitol Square.
Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers describes his love of birds, especially...

News & Notices

State of the Union Address Street Closures and Other Restrictions

January 29, 2020

State of the Union address in the U.S. Capitol's House Chamber.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. On February 4, 2020, President Donald J. Trump will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives beginning at 9 p.m. Given the high level of security surrounding the event, the United States Capitol Police (USCP) is responsible for a significant amount of preparation and coordination with its numerous law enforcement partners, including the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department. The following is specific information...

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12th Architect of the Capitol Sworn In

January 17, 2020

Architect of the Capitol Blanton and Chief Justice Roberts.
On January 16, 2020, J. Brett Blanton was sworn in as the 12th Architect of the Capitol by Chief Justice John Roberts at the United States Supreme Court Building. He was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on December 9, 2019, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 20, 2019. Blanton most recently served as the Deputy Vice President for Engineering at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He led all planning, design, construction, environmental planning, building permitting and code enforcement for all real property controlled by the Airports Authority in support of the 50...

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FY 2019 Performance and Accountability Report Available

November 21, 2019

FY 2019 Performance and Accountability Report Cover
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's financial and performance results to inform Congress and the American people about what we have collectively achieved for the period October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. Read the FY 2019 report and see highlights.

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2019 Holiday Show Celebrating America's Gardens

November 14, 2019

A trolley leaves Cincinnati Union Terminal model in the train show at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The following press release is via the United States Botanic Garden: This year's annual U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) holiday exhibit, Season's Greenings: America's Gardens, will open Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019, and run through January 5, 2020. The exhibit caps off our year of celebrating the diversity and beauty of the more than 600 public gardens in the United States. Join us to explore botanic gardens from Hawaii to Maine in this year's holiday show! Twenty-four plant-based recreations of conservatories, fountains, and sculptures will fill the model train room, where eight model...

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2019 Capitol Christmas Tree Ceremony Dates Announced

November 06, 2019

The 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree with its lights on.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) selects the annual U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in consultation with the United States Forest Service. This year's tree, sponsored by the New Mexico Congressional Delegation led by U.S. Senator Tom Udall, was chosen from the Carson National Forest. The tree will be harvested on November 6, 2019, and will travel cross-country to Washington, D.C. by truck. The Capitol Christmas Tree will make stops in communities along the route to the nation's capital and arrive at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 10 a.m. The AOC's Capitol Grounds and...

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New Chief Administrative Officer: William R. O'Donnell

September 03, 2019

Bill O'Donnell, Chief Administrative Officer for Architect of the Capitol.
After a thorough executive search, William O'Donnell has been selected to serve as the Architect of the Capitol's Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Mr. O'Donnell is a proven senior executive with extensive experience in leading large, high profile and complex business and administrative operations within the Federal government. In his previous role as Assistant for Administration reporting to the Under Secretary of the Navy, he provideed strategic planning and leadership to business functions supporting a 6,000 member organization, including acquisition, human resources, information...

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