Mon November 9, 2009
KY Capitol Rotunda Closed for Repairs
Frankfort, KY – Visitors to Kentucky's state Capitol won't see much of the building's ornate rotunda - for now. It's closed for repairs until next year in preparation for the Capitol's 100th anniversary. State curator David Buchta says the rotunda, which is sits directly beneath the Capitol's 174-feet dome, hasn't been closed since the mid-1950s. Buchta says it's being patched and painted. The marble is being cleaned and its lights restored. Workers have tucked statues of Abraham Lincoln, Alben Barkley and other leaders into wooden boxes. The $450,000 project is scheduled to be finished by January 1st.