Scaffolding will soon encase the Capitol Dome, essentially masking a good portion of the skyline. The upcoming change is part of a restoration effort, which will be overseen by the Architect of the Capitol.
The United States Capitol Dome, located in Washington, D.C. is one of those most iconic landmarks in the country. However the beauty will soon be temporarily diminished, due to construction work.
Scaffolding will encase the dome, essentially masking a good portion of the skyline. The upcoming change is part of a restoration effort, which will be overseen by the Architect of the Capitol.
The project won’t exactly be quick either. It’s estimated that the work will be ongoing for about 2 years before completion.
The majority of the repair activities will take place at night, when the dome is illuminated. The landmark has not undergone any serious restoration efforts since 1960.
Over the course of these past five decades, it has encountered roughly 1,000 cracks, which have rendered the dome unsafe. A spokesperson for the architect talked about the much needed scaffolding project stating “The dome is 150 years old, and it’s an important, iconic image of democracy across the world. This is to preserve it so we can have it for another 150 years.”
The project is scheduled to begin next month and the cost is reported to be about $59 million.