Preserving the State Capitol Dome

The Colorado State Capitol Building has been making headlines lately as lawmakers discuss how to go about funding a much-needed restoration of the building’s crumbling dome. Some funding proposals may come out later this session. Fentress Bradburn Architects recently completed a historic structure assessment of the building, the extent of its deterioration, and the steps (and costs) needed to fix the 115-year-old structure. In the last few years, visitors have not been allowed to visit the dome’s scenic balconies due to chunks of masonry falling off that have the potential to seriously injure someone. The Fentress Bradburn study was commissioned by the Colorado Historical Society. For more about the history of the Capitol, visit the Colorado Legislative Council’ Virtual Capitol Tour.