- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are getting honored for their work to restore the Statehouse dome.

The bipartisan Legislative Council received the Honor Award for Restoration from Maine Preservation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving historic places.

The $1.3 million restoration project included replacing the 100-year-old green copper sheath on the Statehouse dome and replacing it with new, shiny metal. The Lady of Wisdom statue on top of the dome was also re-gilded and the light she holds was given a new light.

Officials expect the shiny copper on the dome will soon fade to brown and stay that way for roughly 30 years before exposure to air and rain turn it green again.

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