Downtown Reinvestment: Colorado State Capitol Update #3

A couple of months ago, we reported that the white scrim was starting to come off of the Colorado State Capitol dome and it would take around six weeks before we would start to see the gold dome completely uncovered. The time has finally arrived and the gold dome has never looked so good!

The dome doesn’t look real compared to the shape it was in before. Even with an overcast backdrop, the new gold looks very sharp!  Here are four pictures of the dome from today



The Colorado State Capitol building is getting a once in a lifetime restoration; we should feel very lucky we are able to see this! The project will be fully complete by late summer.

By | 2016-12-27T20:57:51+00:00 February 17, 2014|Categories: Historic Preservation, Revitalization|Tags: |8 Comments


  1. Ellis February 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Seeing the Capitol from my condominium each morning is wonderful. Having the project finished is eagerly anticipated.

  2. Corey February 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    It looks amazing! Curious if the rest of the building were powerwashed if it would be the darker gray, or is the dome made of a different granite? I never noticed the apparent color difference before. I am glad the entire Civic Center has been restored over the last few years.

    • Ian February 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

      I’m very curious about the color as well. Hopefully this wasn’t a huge blunder… My very basic understanding is that this portion of the structure is actually cast iron instead of stone. If they painted the iron to match the stone…they could have done much better. Perhaps it is designed to fade to the proper color?

      • Corey February 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

        Yeah, that would make sense that it is cast iron, like the US Capitol.

  3. SPR8364 February 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    That gold leaf is really beautiful. I forgot how that is supposed to look.

    Is that a broken window I see on the right side of the gilded part of the dome (last picture)? Nah, maybe it’s just a ghost 😉

  4. Tim February 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

    It looks great. Can we now right the wrong that is that parking ring? There are no less than 500 surface spaces….wait for it…..across the street. On Lincoln?…Parking. Sherman?…Parking. Grant?…Parking. If our dear leaders and their lackies can’t navigate that treacherous commute with the aid of a ped signal any thoughts of solving education or infrastructure funding can take a long walk off that narrow scaffolding.

    • John R February 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm


  5. Matt Pizzuti February 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Why is the structure blue? Just the way the photo came out or does it really look that way now?

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