In 1949 a major earthquake struck Olympia, severely damaging the Legislative Building and the other Capitol Group buildings . There was significant damage to the dome, some of he columns had shifted, and there were major cracks in the structure of the Legislative Building. As a part of the reconstruction work the stone lantern from the top of the dome was removed and replaced with a light-weight metal one.
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Removing the Cap of the Stone Lantern
Track Constructed to Remove the Cupola
Removing Damaged Parts of the Cupola
Damage to the Capstone of Column #32
Scaffolding at the Top of the Dome
Scaffolding on the Columns
Displacement of Cap on Column #4