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.