State House dome to get a facelift
The dome of the historic Maryland State House -- the oldest continuously operating state capitol in the country -- is getting a facelift this summer.
The Department of General Services says the 222-year-old dome will be scraped and repainted, and windows will be repaired. Scaffolding is already being erected (pictured).
DGS reports that this is the first time since 1996 that the dome, the highest point in Annapolis, will be covered in scaffolding. Winds, salty air and direct sun have taken their toll on the paint. An upgraded primer will be applied this time.
“As the most important historic structure in Maryland, the State House requires special attention for its care and preservation,” DGS Secretary Alvin C. Collins said in a statement.
The project, which began this month and is scheduled to be completed in late October, costs $787,000, said Sam Cook, Annapolis regional director of DGS.
Trivia: Although white for most of its years, the State House dome originally was "finished in hues of ochre and blue," according to the Maryland Historical Trust.