Texas Capitol Sporting New, Under Construction Look

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM CDT
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Texas Capitol Sporting New, Under Construction Look

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The more than century-old Texas Capitol has a new look. The $3.5 million renovation is expected to be finished by late December, a month before lawmakers return for the legislative session.

The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday that the project is the first major work to the building since 1992.

Construction began in May. Scaffolding this week surrounded the dome of the iconic building in Austin.

The project includes repainting the dome and the surrounding rooftops, fixing weather-related damage and refinishing the ornate ceiling in the House chamber.

The original structure was completed in 1888.

The capitol in 1970 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

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