The Capitol dome will undergo a two-year restoration project that includes a lot of scaffolding. It's the best thing we've seen all day — kind of. (The Washington Post)

The U.S. Capitol Dome is about to undergo a two-year, $60 million restoration project that, much like the one at the Washington Monument, will cover the iconic structure with scaffolding.

Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.
Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.

The cast-iron dome, constructed 150 years ago -- and championed by then-Sen. Jefferson Davis (D-Miss.) until he went off to run the Confederacy -- has not had a complete renovation since 1960, according to the Architect of the Capitol, and age and weather have caused more than 1,000 cracks and other "deficiencies."

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