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U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda Reopening

Safety canopy rising inside the interior dome of the Capitol
Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda Reopening 

WHO: Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP

WHAT: The Architect of the Capitol will conduct a briefing for media on the reopening of the U.S. Capitol Dome Rotunda after completion of the safety netting installation and provide a status update on the Dome Restoration Project. The event is open to credentialed media from the House and Senate Media Galleries.

WHEN: April 30, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (media set-up at 4:30 p.m.).

WHERE: Capitol Rotunda - credentialed media should enter via East Rotunda Door 

VISUALS: Completed placement of safety net within the Capitol Rotunda below the Apotheosis of George Washington. Examples of the (5) layers of safety netting used to protect the Rotunda. Images of the outriggers and installation process. Still photos and b-roll of the safety net installation will be available for download by 4 p.m. April 30, via www.aoc.gov/dome/media.

MORE: The Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, one of America’s great symbols of freedom, needs additional restoration as part of an on-going multi-phased program. This project is a critical step for stopping the current level of deterioration in the Dome’s cast iron as well as ensuring the protection of the interior of the Dome and Rotunda. The restoration project includes removal of old paint, repairs to the cast iron and stone, and repainting. Learn more about the Dome Restoration Project at www.aoc.gov/dome.

CONTACT: Justin Kieffer 202.226.7102 jkieffer@aoc.gov