US Capitol Dome Damage

The cast iron dome that tops the Capitol looks okay from afar, but up close, it’s a mess. Photograph by Architect of the Capitol

Some areas of the dome are so rusted out, friezes are falling off. Photograph by Architect of the Capitol

In other parts, rust is eating straight through the cast iron structure. Photograph by Architect of the Capitol

The Architect of the Capitol estimates there are at least 1,000 spots that need fixing. Photograph by Architect of the Capitol

The dome hasn’t had a complete overhaul since 1960. The new job will take two years and cost $40.8 million. Photograph by Architect of the Capitol

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