Capitol Rotunda & Dome Preservation Video

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Capitol Rotunda & Dome Preservation Video

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The first large-scale restoration project undertaken by the Capitol Preservation Committee involved extensive repairs to the Capitol dome and conservation of the Edwin Austin Abbey murals in the Rotunda.

Techniques including infrared photography and boroscopic investigation were used to examine the roof and drain lines, and determine patterns of moisture migration, temperature, and relative humidity. A long-term maintenance process was established and sensors were installed to monitor moisture on a regular basis. In order to stabilize and repair both the paintings and the walls, it was necessary to remove the four massive Abbey murals. After being cleaned, repaired, and mounted on marouflage panels, the murals were hoisted back into the lunettes and secured to the walls.

Suspended by a web of scaffolding erected more than 220 feet from the Rotunda's Moravian tile floor, conservators worked downward, completing the restoration by cleaning, repairing, and intricately repainting and reapplying gold metallic leaf to the decorative ceiling, walls, and elaborate embellishments.

Approx. 30 minutes, color, 1987.

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