Wisconsin state Capitol dome gets restored after moisture problems, the officials said.
Wisconsin state Capitol dome gets restored because its plaster started deteriorating. The officials declared that moisture is the problem behind it. They also claimed that moisture occurs because of humidity, leaking water and oil paintings.
The officials declared that this problem occurred years ago and that the restoration is in progress. Laura Davis, the project’s architect, stated that the restoration will consist mainly of a plaster repair. If it hadn’t been for the 200 feet height, the repair project would have been much easier.
Davis started working at the Capitol’s repair project since 1992 along with Isthmus Architecture. However, the problem is hardly noticed by visitors.
Some places are hardly accessible, so the workers will be 11 stories high suspended in order to repair them.
The officials announced that the Capitol’s first floors were closed since last week, so the public doesn’t have access anymore. A plywood floor was placed down in order to protect the marble if something would drop on it while the plastic repair work would take place.
The architects that are part of this project said that they will paint both the dome’s interior and the exterior and in addition a spiral staircase. What is more, the gutters and trusses will undergo restoration. They also added that the whole project will cost approximately $800,000 and will be finished by the end of January 2016. This will mean the end of a restoration program that began in 1990 and costed almost $141 million.
“It’s pretty much a plaster repair project, but it’s 200 feet in the air in the most prominent building in the state,” declared Laura Davis.
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