The Capitol Dome

2017 Dome 54.1

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25 January 2017. AOC stewardship responsibilities for all segments of the Dome have now been successfully ful- filled. With proper ongoing maintenance, I trust that major work will not be necessary until at least the term of the 15th Architect of the Capitol. I wish her a stout heart, much patience, and great success. A note on nomenclature: The editors capitalize Dome and Rotunda when the author references those actual structures as the singular artis- tic, cultural, and historical features they are. The words are left lower-case when either they appear so in their original, cited source or when the author uses them in their generic architectural sense. Obviously, there is some scope for subjec- tivity in deciding which is which. HON. ALAN M. HANTMAN, FAIA, served as 10th Architect of the Capitol, 1997-2007. Before his appoint- ment, he was vice president for Architecture, Planning, and Construction for the Rockefeller Center Manage- ment Corporation with oversight of all art, architecture, and preservation issues. A registered architect in the states of New York and New Jersey, he is also certi- fied by the National Council of Architectural Review Boards and was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2007, Hantman established the firm of A.M. Hantman Associates, LLC, providing consulting services in architecture, planning, and historic preservation. 1. William C. Allen, History of the United States Capitol: A Chronicle of Design, Construction, and Politics (Washington, DC, 2001), p. xiii. 2. Allen, Capitol, pp. 325, 327. 3. Allen, Capitol, p. 315. 4. Allen, Capitol, p. 146. 5. Allen, Capitol, p. 135. 6. Allen, Capitol, p. 335. 7. Eric Shmitt, "Leaks Aplenty in Capitol Dome; Repairs Fall Prey to Politics," New York Times, 24 June 1997. 8. Report by Jennifer Bradley, Roll Call, 17 July 1997. 9. House Hearing, 4 Feb. 1998, 105th Congress, "Part 2: Fiscal Year 1999 Legislative Branch Appropriation Requests—Hearing of Architect of the Capitol—Capitol Dome Project," U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC. 10. Report by Stacey Zolt, Roll Call, 17 Sept. 1998. 11. The railing is around the viewing platform at the base of the Tholos, the tall circular structure comprised of twelve columns that caps the curved surface of the Dome and supports the Statue of Free- dom above. It is also known as the lantern, for the light that signals when either or both chambers are in night session. 12. Jennifer Steinhauer, "Capitol Dome Is Imper- iled by 1,300 Cracks and Partisan Rift," New York Times, 24 Aug. 2012. IMAGE CREDITS: Fig. 1. Alan Hantman Fig. 2. Architect of the Capitol Fig. 3. Architect of the Capitol Fig. 4. Architect of the Capitol Fig. 5. Architect of the Capitol Fig. 6. U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fig. 7. Architect of the Capitol Fig. 8. Architect of the Capitol Fig. 9. Architect of the Capitol Fig. 10. ThorntonTomasetti Fig. 11. Architect of the Capitol Fig. 12. Bruce Guthrie THE CAPITOL DOME noTES

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