Capitol Dome Restoration Project
Washington’s skyline will look different this spring
The famous Washington, D.C., skyline will begin to look different this spring as construction crews build scaffolding around the Dome of the U.S. Capitol building.
It will cover the Dome during a much-needed, multi-year restoration project.
Additionally, visitors to the Capitol will notice extra fencing, supplies, and construction crews on the grounds as the restoration work begins.
Tours of the Capitol will be conducted during the project, but, as part of the work, the Rotunda of the Capitol will be closed from April 12 through April 28 for the installation of a safety canopy. The Capitol Visitor Center has planned special tours during that time.
Constructed of more than 8 million pounds of iron, the Dome has not undergone a complete restoration since 1960. The project, spearheaded by the Architect of the Capitol, will repair cracks that allow air, sunlight, snow, sleet, and rain inside the Dome, which is causing paint to chip and the iron to rust.
More information about the restoration process is available from the Architect of the Capitol.