Walt's Look Around: New Capitol Restoration Update - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Walt's Look Around: New Capitol Restoration Update

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The first phase of restoration work at the New Capitol is wrapping up. The work has been going on for about a little over a year now, and last Saturday the ornate globe lights on top of the building were re-hoisted into place.

The last time we saw these light fixtures, the metal work had just been redone and they had been delivered back to Pearl River Glass in Jackson so Andy Young and his crew could work their magic making new lenses for the fixtures. Well, all of that is finished now and the huge lights are being put back in place.

If you have noticed the Capitol building lately you’ve seen that most of the scaffolding is gone as much of the exterior work is being wrapped up. Lawson Newman is the architect in charge of this project from WFT Architects. He’s pleased with what’s been done so far.

"When I go back and look at the photographs that we took of the building before the work started, the building is noticeably cleaner than it was, and we’ve been able to stop some of the leaks that were happening in the building, especially up in the main dome, said Newman.

The dome, by the way, has not only been shored up but the railing around it has been restored to the way it look new back in 1903 when the building was built. And these huge light fixtures were part of the original building back then, too.

John Howell with Robinson Iron Corporation in Alabama that restored the metal parts of the fixtures says the original construction of these lights was impressive.

"The most unusual thing to me is how well they are built and how accurately they are built," said Howell. "Four individual fixtures hand made like that and they line up very closely dimensionally."

Now, they have been completely rebuilt and refitted with modern light fixtures and are being carefully hoisted back into place.

Our New Capitol Building, 113 years old this year, is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful of the state capitol buildings in the nation. Restoration work going on now will insure it stays that way another hundred years.

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