State's Landmark Structure Should Be White Again Soon

April 2, 2006 - Posted at 12:42 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ The state Capitol dome is undergoing a

renovation that is intended to restore the structure to its

original white color.

Much of the stain on the Capitol dome resulted from an

unsuccessful effort to clean it back in the 1940s. Secretary of

State Charlie Daniels says sand-blasting that was carried out then

on the limestone left a porous surface that allowed water to enter

the stone, and provided a home for fungus and lichens that have

discolored much of the dome. Water entering the limestone also

reduced its hardness.

Scaffolding is being assembled so crews can seal the clean and

seal the stone.

The work is to cost one-point-three million dollars.

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