Cupola Being Removed From Capitol For Restoration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Efforts to remove the iron top of the Cupola at the Tennessee State Capitol have gotten underway. 

Crews began the arduous process early Wednesday morning. It's part of a massive renovation project, the first since 1958.

The Capitol was built back in 1859 using Nashville limestone and has deteriorated over the years. The project will cost more than $2 million and will be completed by next May. 

Flags were removed and will be down for at least six months.

However, officials said there are new flag poles on the east side of the Capitol where the U.S. and state flags will fly, along with the General Assembly’s flag when back in session.  

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