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Capitol's stained glass removal project begins

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From the outside you'd expect everything to be status quo in the state Capitol. Inside is a different story.

 

"These panels haven't touched the floor in 104 years," said the project's manager Kevin Grabowski.

Monday, 12 men began the tedious project of lowering the Capitol dome's stained glass.

"Literally taking the panels out of their opening, getting them in the crates that bring them down, and getting them to the floor so we can load them on the trucks," said Grabowski.

For those simply touring the Capitol, seeing so many eyes to the sky made them stop.

"It's pretty awesome to just kind of stumble on this. We weren't coming here to look at this. We didn't even know this was happening," said Naomi Kulow who's from Sheboygan, WI. "We decided we'll just stay here and watch for a little bit."

As the project's director, Grabowski says trying to navigate the fairly inaccessible dome is a challenge.

"The fact that it's a state capitol is always very special. Lots of people get to see the work we're doing but what makes is especially challenging is the scale of it. It's a large project with really big panels."

Panels that are big as 53x79 inches and were installed to withstand the test of time.

 

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