Capitol dome restored to former glory
The bright, white 150-year-old dome of the U.S. Capitol was revealed Tuesday, shining in the morning sun and completely restored after a three-year project.
Announced in 2013, the $60 million project included stripping the 14 previous layers of paint off the dome before repainting it using 1,215 gallons of “Dome White” paint for three new layers, the Washington Post reported.
The project used 1.1 million pounds of scaffolding and repaired 1,300 cracks in the dome. A foundry in Utah replaced the damaged ornaments, and Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers replaced the final piece on Oct. 27.
The project was the dome’s first full restoration since 1959, according to the Architect of the Capital.
“The Capitol dome restoration project is complete,” Ayers said at a media briefing Tuesday. “Our work revealed and preserved the exquisite craftsmanship that went into the construction of this great dome.”
The national landmark as we know it was finished in 1866 during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and the Civil War.
During restoration, workers found items left behind from the original construction, including a man’s signature and a 150-year-old crowbar, according to the Washington Post.
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