Workers with Renaissance Roofing, Inc. have finished the decorative pieces on the upper sections of the Capitol dome. The pieces were recreated from copper and painted to match the rest of the entablature on the building. The remaining copper will be gilded with gold leaf. Extensive work to the dome includes replacement and repair of the existing decorative sheet metal, repainting, roof repair, and re-gilding of the dome. The repairs will extend the life expectancy of the dome by over 75 years.
The lantern of the dome has been repaired. The remaining copper will be gilded with gold leaf.
The decorative pieces on top of the dome have been recreated from copper and painted to match the rest of the entablature on the building.
This photo in 2016 shows the damage, which was mainly from hail and 129 years of life and weather deterioration. Hands-on investigations of the entire structure have documented punctures, tears, dents, failed seams, corrosion, paint coating failure, significant water leakage, and many missing and loose elements. Without the repairs, the life expectancy of the dome would be only another 15 years.
Side by side comparison of today's repairs versus what the dome looked like in 2016