A great governmental monument has been restored.
I’ll bet you’re thinking of the Washington Monument in D.C., which reopens today after years of work following an earthquake in 2011. But I thought I’d take this moment to point out something that I hadn’t realized until recently.
Did you know one of the state committees is the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee?
Here’s an excerpt from its website:
“For the last 30 years, the Capitol Preservation Committee (CPC) has been diligently working to preserve the magnificent art, architecture, and history of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building and Complex. Our state Capitol, is a one-of-a-kind structure, designed by architect Joseph Huston and built from 1902-1906, it contains 640 rooms, priceless murals, marble, gold leaf, bronze chandeliers, carpets, and draperies.
“Throughout the course of the Committee’s history, we have conducted over a hundred and twenty individual restoration projects designed to preserve the original 1906 appearance of the Capitol for all visitors. Some of the most prominent projects that the CPC has undertaken are the restoration of the Main Rotunda and dome, the conservation of Pennsylvania’s historic Civil War battle flags, and the removal and restoration of the statue ‘Commonwealth’ from the Capitol dome.”
I bring this to your attention not because it’s the most important thing you’ll read all day, but to give you a chance to think about 1.) the amount of upkeep the state government’s buildings must require; and 2.) the type of businesses that fulfill this kind of work, some of which is niche within a niche, such as the cleaning of the Capitol dome, which yielded 2,000 pounds of dirt and debris. By the way, the committee’s website doesn’t name which companies completed these projects; the committee itself takes credit for the work.
Those thoughts, to me, make for a fascinating start to my Monday morning.