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Restoring the U.S.


Capitol Dome


While the cast iron Capitol Dome is being repaired onsite in D.C., several ornamental pieces are being replaced with new castings produced at an art casting facility in Utah. SHANNON WETZEL, SENIOR EDITOR


in Washington, D.C., was in need of repair. Weather and age had contributed to more than 1,300 cracks and deficiencies, according to Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers. In 2013, a project dedicated to the complete restoration began. Te last time the Dome was restored was in 1959-1960. “As stewards of the Capi-


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1.1 million lbs. of scaffolding was erected around the U.S. Capitol Dome to restore the cast iron structure. The last restoration was conducted in 1959-1960.


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tol for the Congress and the American people, we must conduct this critical work to save the Dome,” Ayers said. “From a distance, the Dome looks magnificent, thanks to the hard-work of our employees. On closer look, under the paint, age and weather have taken its toll.” Te Dome, constructed


ore than 150 years old, the U.S. Capi- tol Dome


Photo provided by: Architect of the Capitol


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