Though it cost more and took longer than it should have, the nearly $330 million restoration of the Kansas Statehouse is a work of art. In addition to upgrading offices, meeting rooms and mechanical systems, the 13-year project restored 19th-century murals and replaced copper on the roof and dome. Gov. Sam Brownback helped dedicate the new visitor center last week, appropriately describing it as “awesome.” One historic preservation consultant was so impressed with the renovation work that she urged Topeka City Council members to apply for “world heritage site” designation. “No one else has done anything like this, no one,” Elizabeth Watson said. “You should be really proud.”
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