[UPDATE] Renovations for the State House Dome – What Will Happen to the Old Copper?
If you've been in Augusta near the State House, you've probably noticed that construction is underway on the century-old copper encasing of the dome. Lawmakers are getting a lot of questions about what will happen with the old metal.
People want to know how to get the copper. Everyone from artists to current and former state workers, who want pieces for mementos, are looking to get a piece of history. Most of the 7,000 square feet of copper coming off the dome will be sold to lower the cost of the project. However, lawmakers on the Facilities Committee will vote on what to do with the metal and whether to set aside more of the it for something besides salvage.