Earlier this year the new metal entablature on the west wing of the exterior of the Capitol received finishing touches before the final painting to match the stone color. Exterior work on the west wing has been completed and work has begun on the east wing.Read More
A new cooling tower has been moved from the Capitol grounds to the fourth floor of the east Herschler Building. The cooling towers have been relocated, because moisture from the towers have degraded the nearby stone on the Capitol.Read More
The existing elevators, too small for a gurney and often breaking down, will be replaced with larger versions and relocated out of the historic monumental corridors to improve egress from the building and restore the historic spaces.Read More
A damaged piece of decorative stone has been removed from the Capitol exterior. A new section of stone taken from the original quarry will be inserted, and a stone mason will carve the elaborate design in place.Read More
The pediments, which are the triangular parts of the entablature, were damaged, missing ornaments, and peeling paint, exposing the bare metal underneath. The historic decorative elements are being cleaned, repaired, and reinstalled.
Here you can see where some of the decorative ornaments have fallen off. These pieces will be restored.
The removal of the decorative piece resembling a shield allows a glimpse into the attic where new ductwork has been installed.
In October 2016, a metal pediment was removed from the Capitol. The pediments on the north and south elevations are decorated with floral patterns, like the one in this photo, while circular motifs adorn the pediments on the east and west elevations.