Wednesday/ the Colorado State capitol

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Every morning as I walk to the office from the Hilton Garden Inn, I catch a glimpse of the Colorado State capitol building. Recently the dome has started to emerge from the curtain around it.

Ever since I started working in Denver in September, the Colorado State capitol had been shrouded in a scrim : a curtain that can be heated, and withstand strong winds, so that workers could complete its $17 million rehab with no interruption.  The entire dome is covered in thinner-than-paper Colorado gold.  The gold bullion used for the new gild was donated in 2011 by mine owner AngloGold Ashanti. The 24-karat gold, valued at more than $116,175, was shipped off to Florence, Italy, and milled into gold leaf.  The Capitol had been constructed from 1886 to 1903, and the dome was initially covered in copper. [Information from a report by the Denver Post dated 12/26/2013].

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I walked right up to the Colorado State capitol dome today at lunch to go and check it out up close. It is located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in ‘uptown’ Denver.

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