Although lawmakers in Arkansas at the end of the 19th century had anticipated that it would take five years to finish the state’s new Capitol building in Little Rock, it ended up taking more than 15 years to complete construction. And it’s taken just as much time to do major renovations and repair work on the historic landmark which will mark the centennial of its completion in January.
A recent video posted by the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office details some of the painstaking repair work on the building.
As Capitol Historian David Ware narrates: “The Arkansas Capitol has been in the best shape that it’s been in since 1915. But there’s more to do. After all, perpetual maintenance is the price of masonry. When the Capitol was declared done on Jan. 1, 1915, it was still a work in progress. And it still is.”
Check it out: