Congress is broken—literally. The 150-year-old cast-iron dome and interior rotunda of the United States Capitol, which houses chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives, is under restoration for the first time since 1960. Work began this summer and is expected to conclude in time for the 2017 presidential inauguration. The $59.6 million project includes stripping away hazardous materials like lead paint, updating M/E/P systems, installing new lighting, and repainting the dome to “historically appropriate colors,” Gizmodo reports. Last month, the Architect of the Capitol released this time-lapse video of the addition of scaffolding and drapes to the rotunda’s interior to protect the historic building and its interior art.
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