Restoration work underway for cupola at State Capitol - WSMV News 4

Restoration work underway for cupola at State Capitol

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Photo from the previous restoration of the cupola in the 1950s. (Source: Department of General Services) Photo from the previous restoration of the cupola in the 1950s. (Source: Department of General Services)
Photo from the previous restoration of the cupola in the 1950s. (Source: Department of General Services) Photo from the previous restoration of the cupola in the 1950s. (Source: Department of General Services)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Restoration work is underway on the cupola at the Tennessee State Capitol.

The project, which will cost over $2 million, is expected to be completed by April 2018.

A scaffold will be added to the west side of the building next week. Construction is not expected to affect access for staff or visitors.

Crews will be removing, repairing, repainting and reinstalling the cast iron elements on the cupola.

Workers will also be repairing mortar joints and will install new exterior and interior lighting. A new flagpole will also be installed.

The State Building Commission approved the project back in 2013.

Officials say the repairs are necessary because the building has deteriorated since its construction in 1859 because of exposure to the elements and the quality of the limestone. The last restoration took place in the 1950s.

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