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restoration work – Texas State Capitol

Restoration work began on the Texas State Capitol in Austin in May 2010 and should be completed in December 2010.

The project – the first major work to the building since 1992 – includes repainting the dome of the Capitol and the surrounding rooftops, fixing decades of weather damage, and refinishing the ceiling in the House chamber.

The project will cost $3.5 million. There are between 75 and 80 workers on the construction site at a given time.

One could hear the drills and hammers and various electrical equipment and Dear Hubby likened it to the discussions that must have been heard in Chambers in the past when the legislature is in session.  Could be . . .

There is a common misconception that the top of the dome is made of the same pink granite that flanks the bottom of the structure, but it is actually made of sheet metal.  The workers are smoothing out dings and dents from years of wind and hail damage that can be seen on the surface, and they’re repainting the outside with the same dark pink finish as before.  There is some rot on the windows and there are holes in the structure to fill in.  And the “goddess” statue that’s been atop the dome since 1986 is also being stripped and repainted.

Construction on the Capitol began in 1882 and finished in 1888.  It was Texas’ fourth building for the state government.  And at 999,000 square feet, it’s the largest state Capitol in the country.  After a fire caused extensive damage in 1983, the last major restoration was launched.  It included construction of the underground Capitol extension.

{Excerpt from article by Erin Mulvaney, Dallas News}


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