House Chamber restoration project begins

LITTLE ROCK — Work began Monday on a $1 million historical renovation project in the House Chamber at the state Capitol.

The project will include restoration of cracked pieces of stained glass, plaster in the ceiling that has received water damage and the chandelier, said Cecillea-Pond Mayo, House spokeswoman. The chamber also will be repainted to return it to its original colors based on a historic paint analysis, she said.

The Capitol building was completed in 1911.

The House’s budget is covering the cost of the renovation. The architect for the project is Clements and Associates of North Little Rock and the general contractor is Austin Construction of Little Rock.

The House will post photos of the project’s progress on its Facebook page,