New state architect chips away at Capitol Complex restoration

My first story for the Illinois Times, about the newly-hired state architect.

The Illinois Statehouse’s silver dome has been an integral part of Springfield’s skyline since workers laid the last limestone block in 1888.

Throughout the years, the Statehouse has retained its grandeur and status as the tallest non-skyscraper capitol at 361 feet. But where the zinc-plated beacon once stood lonely against a prairie sky, structures like the Howlett and Stratton buildings have appeared over the years to form the Capitol Complex.

Despite the ever-changing face of Springfield, the Statehouse has yet to fully join the 21st century. Capitol architects, construction crews and historical renovators are working to turn the Statehouse’s narrow, twisting stairways and outdated heating and air conditioning systems into modern, accessible amenities.

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