Construction of Our State Capitol

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Julia Foran writes, I’m sure you’re familiar with our state capitol, whether you’ve visited or not.

I’m sure you’re familiar with our state capitol, whether you’ve visited or not. The history: brilliant, architecture: beautiful, and the things you can learn in just two hours: amazing. We started out on the third floor. There are magnificent columns, detailed decorations, and it doesn’t stop there. As you get closer, and closer to the dome (the big gold thing on the top of the building), the staircases get tiny statues, doornobs have state seals, and you can top it all off with a 1500 pound chandelier.What would our state capitol be without the golden dome on the top? Originally, the dome was made with copper. But you can guess how that turned out! The dome turned blue and Colorado was being called the”moldy state.” The material was switched to gold and was a$3 million project. The gold would be polished with a clear liqiud and pure cotton. The polishing liquid wears down every 30 years, so thegold is repaired very 30 years. 1991, we got a terrible hail storm and the falling ice chippedthe gold on the dome. “If we kept it that way, we could’ve been called the moldy CHEESE state.” said one of my classmates. It was repaired, and we plan to polish the dome in about 11 years, that is, unless we get another hailstorm in the near future!!By: Julia Foran

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