Renovation and Bicentennial Updates
If you have visited Jefferson City in the past year, you’ve seen the Missouri Capitol wrapped in plastic and repairs underway. The renovation phase at the Missouri capitol has now moved to the west and south (House of Representatives) side of the Missouri capitol. My office window is now officially covered with scaffolding and plastic for the next few months.
The deteriorating condition of the Capitol’s substructure, exterior façade and internal mechanical systems motivated the passage of HB 19 in 2013. At that time a large-scale restoration effort began on this century old building in improvement stages as the budget and fund-raising permitted.
Included in the repair plan has been the renovation of the large statue, called Ceres, that stands on the top of the Capitol. Its removal for repairs in November of 2018 was the first time it has come down from the capitol dome since the original installation. Struck by lightning many times and dealing with the general deterioration of the metal, referred to as “bronze rot”, the statue has been undergoing repairs for several months. It will eventually be reset on top of the Capitol via a large crane. It was originally installed on top of the Capitol with a rope pulley system tied to an elm tree. The statue was initially hoisted in three pieces to the top of the Capitol dome for installation. Ceres weighs approximately 1500-2,000 pounds and stands ten feet, four inches tall.
This statue signifies the importance of agriculture to the State of Missouri and holds a bundle of grain. When the time comes for the reinstallation, citizens will be able to come see the beautiful bronze renovated statue up close and watch the process of placing it back on top of the Capitol.
Capitol renovations are supervised by the Missouri State Capitol Commission. Citizens can follow the progress at www.capitol.mo.gov, where you can see pictures and digital updates of the building.
Update on the Governor’s Mansion: Repairs at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion have also been underway this summer. Much of the work has to do with infrastructure such as heating, air conditioning, and electrical work. Also, a dining room wood beam needed to be replaced with a new steel beam for structural safety.
Started in June, the project is anticipated to be completed in October. Governor and Mrs. Parson relocated during the work process to a two-bedroom home at the National Guard base in Jefferson City. They are anticipated to be able to move back in October. Mansion tours are anticipated to begin again in December.
We have been told the interior will look very much as it did before the infrastructural updates. Built in 1871, the last renovations were done during the administration of Governor Kit Bond in the 1980’s. Preservation work has been done on the mansion to prolong the life of the historical building, which houses our governors and welcomes thousands annually to visit. The Governor’s Mansion was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on May 21,1969.
Update on Missouri’s Bicentennial: August 10, 2021 will mark the two hundredth anniversary of Missouri’s entry as the 24th state to enter the United States. Visit the Missouri 2021 website, www.missouri2021.org to learn more and sign up for email updates. Schools and communities are encouraged to begin planning for this special year of activities. All counties are invited to plan special events. I look forward to providing you with more information as it becomes available.
Contact Representative Pike at Patricia.Pike@house.mo.gov or call 573-751-5388 with your comments and for assistance on state issues, resolutions, flags, and visits in District and at the Capitol. Contact Legislative Assistant, Matt Glover, at Matthew.Glover@house.mo.gov. Our 126th District Office is open year-round at the Missouri Capitol Monday through Thursday – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Room 404A.