State House Copper May Become Art, Souvenirs 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The century-old green copper sheathing being removed from the State House dome as part of a $1.3 million restoration project may be sold for something other than scrap.

David Boulter, executive director of the Legislative Council, tells the Kennebec Journal a number of people have asked about how to get the copper, ranging from artists and jewelers to ordinary citizens who want a souvenir.

Most of the 7,000 square feet of copper will be sold to offset the project’s cost, but lawmakers on the council voted Monday to have the facilities committee decide what to do with the metal and whether to set aside more of it for something besides salvage.

Removal and replacement of the dome’s copper is expected to begin next month and be finished by late October.


Information from: Kennebec Journal,