My blog a month ago on the paint job on the State House dome barely scratched the surface of the colorful controversy.
I reported then that while painters had discovered the original color of parts of the dome were yellow (called “straw” in one of the original 18th century designs), the state was going to repaint it white as it had been for at least 100 years.
Starting this summer, visitors to the State House will be able to transport themselves to the Victorian Era in Annapolis in the old House of Delegates chamber – complete with ornate paintings, luxurious furnishings and intricate carpeting. The long-planned re-creation of the chamber as it appeared in the late 1800s is nearly complete. The newly renovated room, where the House of Delegates met until the current chamber was finished in 1904, has been under construction for about two years.
I woke Tuesday morning and thought I was in my home state of Montana. The wind and snow made me flashback to last year at this time when I was reporting on the Montana state legislature.
It’s a place where party caucus meetings are public, floor sessions can be watched live online and floor votes are a mouse click away. When I started covering the State House in Maryland I knew things would be different, but I didn’t expect it to be this different.