DENVER --Expert gilders rappelled down the iconic gold dome from the lantern at the State Capitol on Tuesday morning, beginning the final step of a four-year project.
Restoration began in 2010, with the State Legislature appropriating $17 million. The rest of the money came from grants, sponsors and other donations through a campaign called Share in the Care Colorado, raising about $200,000.
Department of Personnel & Administration spokeswoman Sabrina D'Agosta said the gilders during the next week will be touching up the gold on the dome where scaffolding was used.
The dome can withstand 90 mph winds and more than 140,000 gold leaf sheets were used in the repair. The amount of gold on the dome weighs 65 ounces.
The 270-foot dome has been closed since 2006 when a chunk of cast iron crashed on the observation deck. The dome has been regilded three other times -- in 1949, 1980 and 1991.
D'Agosta said the observation deck will reopen Oct. 2.