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Image description: The United States Capitol Dome was constructed of cast iron more than 150 years ago. The Dome has not undergone a complete restoration since 1959-1960 and due to age and weather is now plagued by more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies.

This fall the Architect of the Capitol will begin a multi-year project to remove old paint, repair the cast iron and stone, and repaint the Dome. During the project, a scaffold system will surround the entire Dome. The first photo shows a rendering of the Capitol with the scaffolding in place.

The other photos show examples of the cracks and other repairs needed.

You can follow the progress of the work and view more images of the restoration project.

Photos from the Architect of the Capitol.