General Services Division Project to Preserve State Landmark for Future Generations
It’s known across the state as “The People’s Building.” Designed by Architect Cass Gilbert and dedicated on June 20, 1932, the nearly 87-year-old Capitol building houses the West Virginia Legislature and hosts various state employees and visitors to the campus daily.
In January 2018, work began on a project to repair water leaks in areas where the blue and gold dome meet the limestone. Over time, the water had damaged the plaster between the windows visible below the dome. As part of the $13.52 million project, drain pipes are expected to be replaced, a secondary lining system installed, and the gutter system updated. This work, which will provide new water proofing for the Capitol building, is needed to ensure the strength of the building and its structure, as well as its future.
By the project’s completion date, employees and visitors to the campus alike will also notice new interior finishes, new five karat gold-leaf gilding to repair damaged areas of the exterior of the dome, reconfigured portal windows, and clean limestone cornice stones below the dome.
Below are some photos to showcase the progress of this project courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Administration.
June 17, 2015: The lower level rotunda and chandelier is pictured from above.
February 6, 2018: Work begins to disassemble the chandelier.
June 25, 2018: The interior scaffolding starts to go up.
Here, the fully completed interior scaffold can be seen from below.
Water damage can be seen on the plaster inside the rotunda during a visit into the dome on March 20, 2019.
The same day, scaffold up to the exterior of the dome can be seen.
Preparations are made to enclose the dome with the scaffold.
In late April, work on the scaffold continued toward the