After two years and $21 million worth of work conducted under wraps, the distinctive dome on Saskatchewan’s legislative building was revealed May 16.
It’s back to shiny copper, as it was when the building was first constructed more than 100 years ago.
But that will only last for a while. Within a year or two, it will begin turning dark again.
Restoration work began after inspection of the dome and roof found water damage to the stone, copper and façade.
The repairs included the installation of more than 13,000 kilograms of new copper and the repair and replacement of some decorative copper.
About 10,000 kilograms of new stone were installed because Tyndall stone is quite porous and had been damaged over the years. However, it came from the same Manitoba quarry as the original.
About 13,000 kilograms of lead flashing were installed to keep water from getting behind the stone in the future.
The building is a provincial heritage property.