The protective, weatherproof wrap that's covered the Colorado state Capitol dome for nearly two years is starting to come off.
Construction crews will begin removing the top portion Thursday morning, revealing the newly gilded dome. The process will take a couple of days and will be followed by the removal of scaffolding that has also covered the dome. It will take about six weeks for the scaffolding to be disassembled to the base of the dome.
Restoration of the dome became necessary after Colorado's intense freeze-thaw cycle caused the exterior metal surfaces to deteriorate over the past 100 years.
Other restoration work is ongoing and the dome won't be open to the public until summer 2014.