Last of stained glass reinstalled at SD Capitol, completing $3 million restoration project


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PIERRE, South Dakota — Officials have wrapped up a $3 million project to restore stained glass windows at the South Dakota Capitol.

KCCR radio reports that the last of the glass was put back in place above the House chamber this week, completing nearly two years of planning and work.

The project was started after an assessment found problems caused by age, gravity, original material and design weakness in the stained glass installed in 1909.

The glass in the Capitol dome, the barrel vault above the grand staircase, and above the House and Senate chambers was removed earlier this year and sent to Conrad Schmitt Studios in Wisconsin to be cleaned, fixed and refurbished.

A lighting ceremony of the dome and barrel vault is scheduled Nov. 1.

Information from: KCCR-AM,

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