It’s springtime in D.C., and the scaffolding on the Capitol dome is finally coming down.
That’s cause for celebration on Capitol Hill, where visitors and staff have spent nearly two years looking at an unsightly version of one of Washington’s most beautiful buildings.
The scaffolding — all 1.1 million pounds of it — was erected in 2014 as part of a restoration project to fix 1,300 cracks in the dome’s cast iron structure. Now, workers are completing the final stage of the process with a fresh coat of paint on the surface of the dome. According to the Architect of the Capitol, it will take 1,215 gallons of paint to finish the three layers that make up that new surface.
It’s quite a process, but it’s underway, which means the scaffolding has started to disappear.
Check out the photos from Instagram and Twitter below:
— Papa Bradstein (@PapaBradstein) March 21, 2016
They are starting to unwrap the Capitol dome. pic.twitter.com/GtaNH9roTX
— kitty felde (@kittyfeldeDC) March 22, 2016