State Capitol Dome Gleaming as Restoration Work Nears Completion

AUGUST 8, 2006 - Posted at 7:20 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Workers removed the last pieces of scaffolding surrounding the Arkansas Capitol dome yesterday.  They are nearing completion on a $1.2 million dollar project that has the state landmark gleaming white for the first time in decades.

Secretary of State Charlie Daniels says the cleaning restored the 91-year-old dome to its original whiteness and the rest of the restoration work should be done by October.

Much of the stain on the Capitol dome had resulted from an effort to clean it back in the 1940s.  The sandblasting then left a porous surface that allowed water to enter the stone.

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