Architect to brief panel on Okla. Capitol repairs

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's Capitol architect will brief a panel dedicated to preserving the nearly 100-year-old building on renovation and restoration plans.

State Capitol architect Duane Mass will discuss plans Thursday during a meeting of the State Capitol Preservation Commission.

The Oklahoma Legislature this session approved spending $120 million over the next two years to provide an overhaul of the building that was built between 1914 and 1917.

Lawmakers also separately appropriated $7 million for Capitol upgrades that already have begun, including the renovation of legislators' offices and the construction of larger conference rooms.

Yellow barricades have been erected in front of the 400,000-square-foot building to prevent pedestrians from approaching the south side of the Capitol, where large chunks of limestone have fallen from the building's facade.

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