And while the scaffolding is down, other materials for the renovation project are still visible and will be removed soon. Officials have promised the project will be completed before the 2017 inauguration festivities.
The Architect of the Capitol installed 52 miles of metal pipe — a heaping 1.1 million pounds of scaffolding — to repair 1,300 cracks in the dome’s 150-year-old cast iron, and to scour and repaint its surface. The dome is made of 9 million pounds of painted cast iron.
The process of removing the scaffolding began in March.
For those who didn’t like the look of the scaffolding, there’s good news: This restoration is expected to last 75 to 100 years.