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The iconic Capitol Dome is temporarily getting a new look. The 150-year-old, cast-iron dome will soon be sheathed in scaffolding for about two years, a requirement of its first major restoration since 1960. The Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, announced the restoration work on Tuesday, saying it’s needed to address more than 1,000 cracks and other problems in the structure.

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Repairs, scaffolding ahead for US Capitol dome

The 150-year-old U.S. Capitol dome will be sheathed in scaffolding for about two years during its first major restoration since 1960, officials said Tuesday.

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