Capitol Dome Restoration Project

Restoring the Dome: The Capitol Gets a New Crown
Watch the history behind the two-year, multi-million dollar renovation of the global icon

The United States Capitol Dome.
 
It is the most recognizable symbol of American democracy, and a worldwide icon.
 
And for the last two years, it’s been getting a facelift.
 
Built amid the chaos of the Civil War, the original Dome cost $1,047,291. 
 
Even the best-built structure suffers from exposure to the elements, though. 
 
So in 2014, the Architect of the Capitol began a two-year, multi-million dollar renovation to repair cracks, remove lead paint and restore the structure to its original splendor.
 
When the current renovations started, Congress knew the ambitious project needed to be completed before the 2017 presidential inauguration.
 
With the scaffolding already coming down, it looks like Congress, for once, will hit its deadline. 

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Trump: Capitol Dome Restoration Behind Schedule
“Now I say, do it simpler. Get them to work faster."

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump suggested Monday night that he knows something the rest of us don’t about the Capitol Dome restoration project — it’s behind schedule.

Citing “a construction firm that’s involved in the job, ” Trump claimed workers don’t have enough time to finish the project before the 2017 presidential inauguration. “So they’re going to take all of the scaffolding down. Pay millions of dollars to do that — millions. And then after the inauguration they’re going to put it back up again, and pay millions of dollars more.”