'Wrap' removal begins at Colorado State Capitol

DENVER - In the next 24-48 hours, Coloradans will once again be able to see, at least part of, the gold dome on the state Capitol.

Last year, crews put scaffolding around the gold dome to do repair work. A few months ago, a scrim was wrapped around the building to allow crews to work in winter weather conditions.

Thursday, crews began removing the scrim. The project is expected to take two days.

Disassembling the scaffolding will take about six weeks, officials said.

During the renovation project, crews repaired damage to the columns, railings and facades above the roof of the Capitol, replaced windows and regilded the famous gold dome.

It took 65 ounces of gold to regild the dome. The dome was initially covered in gold by miners in 1908. It has been regilded in 1949, 1980 and 1991.

The renovation project was estimated to cost about $17 million, according to the contractors.