The Russell Senate Office Building is the oldest of the three Senate Buildings and a wonderful example of the Beaux Arts style of architecture. However, over time, weathering and age have diminished many of the fine details of the facility's exterior stone, allowed water to penetrate into the building, impaired the building's energy efficiency and caused operational and safety concerns.
The restoration project will preserve the exterior envelope including its exterior stone, wood windows and glazed doors. The project also includes the rehabilitation of the balcony flooring, balusters, balustrades and roof chimney.
The first phase of the project focused on the north courtyard and C Street side of the building and was completed in December 2018. The second phase of the project focuses on Constitution Avenue, First Street and the corresponding courtyard facades and is in the final stages of repair and restoration. The third and final phase of construction at Delaware Avenue and the Rotunda began in the summer of 2020 and is expected to end in 2023. While under construction, the courtyard will remain partially open; however, some sections of the courtyard will be cordoned off for material delivery, staging and scaffolding.
This project is integral to the agency's commitment to preserving the stonework on historic buildings across the Capitol campus.