The scaffolding covering the Kansas Capitol dome is finally being removed, revealing the structure clad in glorious new copper. The brilliant dome is the crowning jewel to a decade long renovation of the statehouse in Topeka.
Living just a short distance from the Capitol, the dome is a daily reminder that Kansans should take great pride in what Laura and I believe to be one of the most spectacular statehouses inside and out. In our travels, we have made a point to visit other state capitol buildings. Far from seeing all 50, we have seen enough to know Kansas’ remains remarkable.
Our only regret is that the gleaming copper color will soon turn to the tarnished green patina of aged metal left unpolished. While I know most regard this change as only something natural, we still wish there was a way to keep it glistening in the rising or setting sun as it does so wonderfully now.
The statehouse renovation ran millions of dollars over budget and drew the ire of many legislators. However, we now have a statehouse that will reveal its full beauty to generations to come. My hope is to find time to photographically do justice to that beauty over the coming year and into early 2015. I would love to crown it all with photographs from the inaugural ceremonies of our state’s next Governor, Paul Davis.