Restoring the light (and paint job) of democracy
Workers have set up scaffolding in the Texas Capitol’s House chamber and around its central dome as part of a repair project that is expected to cost about $3.5 million.
The renovators will be painting the sheet-metal dome to match the color of the sunset-red granite that constitutes the rest of the building’s exterior, a project last done during a major restoration effort in 1993.
The ceiling of the House chamber, with its more than 200 pendants, will have lead-based paint stripped away by workers in a sealed containment area.
The interior work is expected to be complete by mid-November in plenty of time for the start of the next legislative session in January.
Lee Baker, director of facilities at the State Preservation Board, at top, gets a close look at the House chamber ceiling.