November 8, 2019 @ 7:00PM — 8:00PM
The Restoration of one of America’s most iconic landmarks, the US Capitol Dome – with Robert Baird. Special Introduction by Senator Angus King.
Image source: Architect of the Capitol
Friday, November 8th, 2019
Sponsor & Patron Reception: Mechanics’ Hall Library, 6:00pm.
Sparrow Lecture: Mechanics’ Hall Ballroom, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:45pm for general admission tickets).
The United States Capitol is one of the most recognized and photographed buildings in the world. It is not only the legislative center for the United States but also an architectural treasure. The Dome, constructed of cast iron more than 150 years ago and a symbol of American democracy, was severely deteriorating when in 2016 a major restoration project began.
Leading a team of skilled craftsmen and artisans, Robert Baird of Historical Arts and Casting was given his “dream job” – the task of re-creating the scores of weather-damaged ornaments and elements from the national landmark. Hundreds of cast-iron decorative pieces – acorns, flowers, grape clusters and more had fallen off the dome and needed repair or recasting.
Mechanics’ Patron: $500 and above - 2 reserved seats to Sparrow Lecture, 2 tickets to the pre-event reception in the historic library (hors d'ouevres provided by David's restaurant, specialty drink by Hunt and Alpine.) Name or logo on printed program.
Maker’s Patron: $150 per person - 1 reserved seat to Sparrow Lecture, 1 ticket to the pre-event reception in the historic library (hors d'ouevres provided by David's restaurant and specialty drink by Hunt and Alpine.) Name or logo on program.
General admission: $30 - general admission seating. This ticket includes lecture only at 7pm. Doors at 6:45pm
SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Opening Nov. 1st
This year’s Sparrow Lecture will be accompanied by a special exhibition in the Mechanics’ Hall classroom, curated by Bruce Brown & Robert Baird. Capitol Craft will tell the story of the tradespeople who completed this restoration project through photographs by Charles Badal. Reproductions of Thomas U. Walter's original architectural drawings of the Capitol will also be on display. Join us for the opening reception during the November 1st Art Walk. Exhibit will be on view throughout the month. Images courtesy of Architect of the Capitol.