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Inside the Capitol Dome Renovations

Jan. 2, 2014, 6:10 a.m.

Just as the last rem­nants of scaf­fold­ing cov­er­ing the Wash­ing­ton Monu­ment are com­ing down, work­ers are pre­par­ing to ob­scure an­oth­er of the gems on the Na­tion­al Monu­ment — the Dome atop the U.S. Cap­it­ol build­ing.

The Cap­it­ol was last ren­ov­ated in 1960 and is badly in need of new re­pairs, as weath­er and wa­ter dam­age have broken sev­er­al of the or­na­ments along the ex­ter­i­or of the dome and stained many of the fix­tures with­in the ro­tunda.

The res­tor­a­tion pro­cess, which will soon get un­der­way, is ex­pec­ted to last two years — cov­er­ing the ex­ter­i­or of the dome in scaf­fold­ing that will be lit at night and tem­por­ar­ily clos­ing parts of the in­ner ro­tunda.

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