Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Hank Brown is out to save the dome on the State Capitol building -- but not as governor

Hank Brown could have had a big office under the gold dome: Back in the anyone-but-Dan Maes days, the former U.S. senator was urged to make a last-second run for governor.

But while Brown was one of the first old-guard Republicans to drop his endorsement of Maes, he didn't jump into the race.

But Brown is still doing his duty for the state. At noon today, he'll be in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol to kick off the Share in the Care Colorado campaign to repair the dome. It's a campaign he's chairing.

The most notable part of the dome, of course, is the gold cover -- 200 ounces of 24-karat gold that miners donated in 2008 to gild the cast-iron, copper-clad dome of the building that was designed by Elijah E. Myers in 1885. But there are other parts of the project that are far less glamorous; the entire repair project is estimated to cost $12 million and will take three years.

The State Historical Fund will cover $4 million of the tab. Colorado Preservation Inc. and Share in the Care Colorado are out to raise the rest -- not raise the roof.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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