CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Statehouse’s iconic golden dome will go completely dark starting Monday, except for a single lantern to prepare for the culmination of the Capitol’s bicentennial festivities.
The lights will be shut off so that work can be done in preparation for a new lighting system in the dome sometime this summer. The dome was most recently renovated in 2016 after nearly two decades.
“We don’t want our citizens to be overly concerned when the iconic Statehouse dome all of a sudden goes dark next week,” House Speaker Gene Chandler said.
The three-year bicentennial celebrations of the Statehouse and its grounds will run through June 2019, the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Civil War-era capitol. Organizers of bicentennial commission have said the goal of the celebration is to remind New Hampshire residents about the state’s unique democratic history.
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The New Hampshire House chamber is the oldest legislative body in the country that still meets in its original chambers. At one time, the state’s supreme court also met inside the complex.
The lighting project will add the finishing touches to the $2.4 million dome restoration project.