dome restoration

Does the Capitol Dome have a leak? Not quite
Yellow buckets in Rotunda collect dripping water

The Capitol Rotunda was dripping Tuesday morning. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On day 32 of the longest government shutdown in modern history, it looked like an iconic symbol of American democracy had sprung a leak.

The Capitol Dome, which reaches 287 feet tall, recently underwent a $60 million restoration. But something was amiss Tuesday morning. 

Capitol Dome Starting to Look Like Itself Again
 

After being masked by scaffolding for nearly two years, the iconic Capitol Dome is returning to its normal look (no doubt a relief to selfie-snapping tourists throughout the district). With just five months until the next president is sworn in on the West Front of the building, here's a look at where the dome restoration project stands. 

Crane Arrives on East Front Friday Night, Rotunda Closes Saturday

Tourists took final glimpses at the interior of the Rotunda before the 17-day closure. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Friday offered the final chance for Capitol Hill employees and visitors to glimpse Constantino Brumidi's "Apotheosis of Washington" fresco before the Rotunda's 17-day closure as part of ongoing Dome restorations .  

The artwork lining the walls of the iconic space has been caged in scaffolding in preparation for the work being done from Saturday, April 12 through Monday, April 28, 2014 as part of the Architect of the Capitol’s Dome Restoration Project . Protective wood flooring is also in place.