Kansas statehouse dome restoration cleans up murals, 'century of grime'
Long obscured details are being cleaned up in the Kansas statehouse interior dome as part of a major restoration. Mural paintings, plaster details, and copper embellishments that were subjected to water damage are being spruced up.
Copper covering iron beams and wrapping segments inside the dome have been transformed from a murky black to shiny tan. "This copper in the inner dome hasn't been touched since it was originally put up there," said a project manager with JE Dunn Construction. "One hundred years of dirt and grime." Some of the details will be tinted and highlighted, followed by a coating of clear varnish for protection.