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Taking a hammer to the state Capitol



The dome of the state's historic Capitol is surrounded by scaffolding as construction crews are in the midst of a six-month, $610,000 project to replace the copper. While work on the old Capitol has been done over the years since it was installed in 1902, it's the first time the copper has been replaced.

The historic Capitol was used for lawmaking until the 1970s, but is now a museum, displaying the state's political history that predates the reign of the first terrirotial govenror, Andrew Jackson, and extends through the 2000 presidential recount.

It's also used to host events. Tonight, there is a meet and greet with former Gov. Ruebin Askew and retired St. Petersburg Times associate editor Martin Dyckman, who recently published a book, Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida PoliticsThis weekend, there is an Antiques Roadshow-inspired souvernier show where Floridians can come see old artificats and get their own appraised.

Courtesy of Florida Historic Capitol Museum curator Michelle Gammon Purvis and external relations director Alma Hubbard, here are some recent and historic pics of the old Capitol dome:




1970s & 1980s:



This month:



[Last modified: Friday, October 21, 2011 9:32am]


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