- Website: http://www.aoc.gov/
- Address: SB-15 U.S. Capitol U.S. Capitol Building Washington, DC 20515
- Country: United States
- Listed: August 8, 2013 2:38 am
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s Capitol, serving Congress and the Supreme Court, creating a home for American democracy. The AOC traces its beginnings to 1791. Today, the AOC is comprised of 2,600 employees who serve Congress and the Supreme Court in a variety of occupations.
The Architect of the Capitol has a legacy and ancestry that is rooted in the very beginnings of the capital city of the United States, today known as Washington, D.C. In 1791 President George Washington appointed three commissioners to provide suitable buildings and accommodations for Congress. The commissioners hired Pierre L’Enfant to lay out the city, and staged a competition for the design of the Capitol. The commissioners awarded Dr. William Thornton for his design and today he is often credited as the first “architect of the capitol.” In 1793, George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building.