"Commonwealth" Restoration Video

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"Commonwealth" Restoration Video

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In 1905, renowned sculptor Roland Hinton Perry executed the working model of the statue for the Pennsylvania Capitol dome. Capitol architect Joseph Huston, designed the specifications for the gilded bronze statue, which he called Commonwealth. Weighing three tons and standing 14 feet tall, nearly 250 feet above street level, the classically designed statue represents the ideals upon which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was founded.

After enduring decades of harsh weather conditions, much of Commonwealth's gold gilding had eroded, leaving the exposed bronze vulnerable to the elements. Freezing water caused cracks to develop in the bronze folds of the statue's drapery and corrosion plagued the bolts securing the statue to its cast iron base.

In 1997, the Capitol Preservation Committee began the painstaking process of restoring the once magnificent statue to its original grandeur. More than nine months later, Commonwealth was transformed from a weather-damaged statue to a dazzling beacon standing majestically atop the Capitol dome.

Approx. 16 minutes, color, 1998.

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