Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced that renovation of the Capitol’s interior dome began today.
“I’m very pleased to have this project underway,” Martin said. “It has been several years since the dome’s interior was repainted, and this will enhance the Capitol’s appearance.”
A grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council is funding the restoration, he said.
Work began Monday and will continue through fall. The dome’s interior will again be repainted to be as historically accurate as possible, dating back to the Capitol’s original construction.
“I look forward to seeing this restoration completed in time for all our winter activities around the Capitol, from the Christmas lighting ceremony to press conferences,” Martin said.
The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council has provided several grants in recent years to restore and renovate the Arkansas State Capitol, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
“I appreciate the Council and its members for their support,” Martin said. “The Capitol was in competition with several other projects for this recent grant. Receiving this support will help us continue making the Capitol a valuable resource for all Arkansans.”