U.S. Capitol dome is ready for a makeover

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWLP) – Age and weather over the years have caused more than 1,000 cracks and other weaknesses in the dome of the U.S. Capitol building, but it’s now getting a much needed makeover.

Scaffolding, which is a temporary structure used to support people and material while a building is being repaired can be seen surrounding the dome from the installation of a canopy system inside the Rotunda.

The dome is made of cast iron that was built more than 150 years ago. The last significant restoration of the architectural icon was completed in 1960.

The renovations are expected to cost more than 59 and a half million dollars.

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