Gov. kicks off fundraising for Colo. Capitol dome
DENVER – Gov. Bill Ritter has kicked off a campaign to raise $12 million to fix the Colorado Capitol’s gold dome.
The governor signed legislation on Tuesday that created a combined public and private financing and fundraising campaign over the next two years.
Ritter says the dome is an important part of Colorado history and the state has a duty to protect it.
Experts say weather has damaged iron columns, railings and facades of the mostly cast iron dome. The wood around windows in the dome is also rotting.
State officials say visitors are in no immediate danger, although workers did put netting around the base of the dome in 2007 after a 10-pound chunk of cast iron fell off.