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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 06/21/2010

Fresh paint for the Capitol Dome

By Washington Post editors
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The dome consists of 9 million pounds of cast iron. (Reuters)

Workers were set to start slathering a fresh coat of white paint on the Capitol Dome's cast-iron exterior Monday, the Architect of the Capitol said in a statement.

Summer visitors to the landmark will see scaffolding, hanging platforms and other equipment take up position around the structure as the five-month project gets underway.

The dome was last repainted in 2002, with touch-ups over the years as needed, the office said. The last time the paint was stripped and the ironwork primed was between 1959 and 1960. Its construction was completed in 1866.

The Architect of the Capitol is planning a broader restoration of the lawmakers' meeting place that will include removing old paint and repairing cracked and broken ironwork, the office said.

-- Mike McPhate

By Washington Post editors  | June 21, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  capitol dome  
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Comments

" ...cracked and broken..."

What a great metaphor for Congress.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 21, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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