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Capitol Dome Starting to Look Like Itself Again
 

After being masked by scaffolding for nearly two years, the iconic Capitol Dome is returning to its normal look (no doubt a relief to selfie-snapping tourists throughout the district). With just five months until the next president is sworn in on the West Front of the building, here's a look at where the dome restoration project stands. 

This Is What it Looks Like When Photographers Are in the Rotunda

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Photographers sometimes have to get in strange positions to get the perfect shot. On April 30, news photographers took photos of the Capitol Rotunda ceiling before Architect of the Capitol  Stephen T. Ayers reopened the Rotunda. The Rotunda was closed while construction crews prepared the space for the restoration of the Capitol Dome.  

Getting in those tough positions, however, can really pay off. And sometimes you can capture incredible images like these:  

Rotunda Reopening Delayed, but Dome Restoration on Schedule

The Rotunda remains closed. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Rotunda remains closed Tuesday despite plans to reopen the space  after a 17-day closure related to the Capitol Dome restoration.  

According to a spokesman for Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, the contractor placing the safety netting within the Rotunda has not completed the installation as scheduled and continues working around the clock.  

Despite Capitol Renovations, Plenty of Action for Tourists on Campus

The Capitol Rotunda, House Floor and other parts of the campus are closed to visitors for renovations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress has skipped town, so it's time to cut a rug.  

A cart full of carpeting sat parked in the Speaker's Lobby on Tuesday morning, as workers ripped the flooring around members' desks in the House chamber. The 10-day carpet renovation is one of the many maintenance projects happening around the Capitol during the two-week recess. In addition to the 17-day Rotunda closure , the House floor, Speaker's Lobby and portions of the Brumidi Corridors were closed to visitors this week. Capitol Visitor Center tour guides in their trademark red blazers showed tourists an alternate route through the building.  

Crane Arrives on East Front Friday Night, Rotunda Closes Saturday

Tourists took final glimpses at the interior of the Rotunda before the 17-day closure. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Friday offered the final chance for Capitol Hill employees and visitors to glimpse Constantino Brumidi's "Apotheosis of Washington" fresco before the Rotunda's 17-day closure as part of ongoing Dome restorations .  

The artwork lining the walls of the iconic space has been caged in scaffolding in preparation for the work being done from Saturday, April 12 through Monday, April 28, 2014 as part of the Architect of the Capitol’s Dome Restoration Project . Protective wood flooring is also in place.