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.
Photos from the Architect of the Capitol.