Capitol Dome to be Restored and Covered with Scaffolding Over 2 Year Period Starting in November


Hopefully it will look as good as the Washington Monument does at the moment. From [email protected]:

“Restoration of the #CapitolDome begins in November. Dome will be scaffolded for 2 yrs.”

From the Architect of the Capitol:

“The United States Capitol Dome, symbol of American democracy and world-renowned architectural icon, was constructed of cast iron more than 150 years ago. The Dome has not undergone a complete restoration since 1959-1960 and due to age and weather is now plagued by more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies.

For approximately two years residents and visitors will see a scaffold system surrounding the entire Dome from the base of the Statue of Freedom down to the top of the Dome skirt (base of Dome). Scaffold towers and scaffold bridging will also be constructed on the west side of the U.S. Capitol Building to help move materials to the work areas.

At the interior of the Capitol Rotunda, a white canopy system in the shape of a doughnut will be installed to protect the public. The configuration allows the Apotheosis of Washington, in the eye of the Rotunda, to be seen throughout the restoration process. A covered walkway through the Rotunda is required as the canopy system is installed at the beginning of the project, as well as at the end of the project.”

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  • Wait, really? Congress gets a facelift while the rest of us try to cram three weeks of work into one because they shut us down for two weeks. I don’t get it.

    • Because you were forced to take a two week paid vacation the dome should be allowed to deteriorate?

      • +1,000. No sympathy for those who got two weeks of paid leave.

        • saf

          You people just don’t get it. Stop and think for a few minutes about how you would feel if you were locked out of your office for 2 weeks. Didn’t know if you would get paid or not. Didn’t know what would happen to your projects. Worried about your staff, worried about your clients/constituents.

          Stop already.

          • Oh, boo hoo. Everybody knew they’d get paid. Lots of contractors, on the other hand, will never get paid. They’re the ones I have sympathy for.

          • “Everybody knew they’d get paid.” Not true — although federal employees had been paid during past government shutdowns, it was by no means certain that that would be the case for the most recent shutdown, especially with the current climate in the House.
            Pitting furloughed feds who ultimately got paid against furloughed contractors who didn’t is a total “divide and conquer” strategy, and distracts from the fact that the shutdown shouldn’t have happened in the first place.

          • Actually, many contractors continued to get paid during the shutdown, and even though government employees are getting back pay they actually lost a day of pay for Columbus day.

    • Well, I think the Capitol actually belongs to US. The current Congress is just using it — and us — for a bit.

    • I don’t get your argument. What does one have to do with the other?

  • How do they suddenly have the funding to do this?

  • Looks like a tinfoil hat to me.

  • Hm. I wish they’d wait til the Washington Monument is finished. I mean, I like the look of the scaffolding (knowing that it’s temporary) but I really don’t want to see multiple landmarks advertising their about-to-fall-down status at the same time.

    • On the other hand, the Mall will be scaffolding free a lot sooner than if the projects had to be staggered.

      • Well, I DO like your optimism! (But would bet that, like Notre Dame, the Mall will never be scaffolding-free.)

  • So, so thankful I got to take the rare Capitol Dome tour just a few weeks ago. Our tour guide said this was coming and all dome tours would be stopped.

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