The top portion of the scaffolding covering the Capitol Dome should be removed by the end of the month as construction wraps up on one of the most iconic government buildings in the country, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers said Tuesday.

The Dome will look brighter and more detailed than ever thanks to the removal of 13 layers of lead paint, Ayers testified at a hearing of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee.

“I’m really excited about taking the scaffold down and sort of unveiling it for the country, if not the world to see,” Ayers said. “There’s a renewed sense of beauty, and a renewed sense of the incredible detail that went into building this dome.”

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