Capitol Dome Project Continues

by scrosby on October 28, 2009

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

The rotunda of Kentucky’s historic State Capitol is now officially closed, and will remain off-limits for at least three months. The closure is necessary so the rotunda’s interior dome can get a fresh coat of paint and some new lighting.

David Buchta of Historic Properties is closely monitoring the almost half-million dollar renovation project.

“We’re erecting the base for the scaffolding, after we completely protected the floor with a three-layered coating,” says Buchta. “We’ve encased all the statues with frame-board and plywood. And then we’re erecting the scaffolding on top of that, up to 174-feet in the dome.”

The rotunda’s four, original chandeliers are also being restored and have already been removed.

It’s all part of an effort to spruce-up the rotunda for next year’s centennial celebration for the building, which was dedicated in 1910.

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