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Chandelier returning to Capitol rotunda


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Work to re-assemble and raise the rotunda chandelier at the West Virginia state capitol is underway. The massive lighting fixture was removed and transported to a facility in New Hampshire when the renovation work on the Capitol Dome started three years ago. 

“It wasn’t the easiest thing to get down, take apart, and get to their facility,” said Administration Secretary Allen McVey. 

According to McVey. the company took the massive chandelier apart piece by piece and gave it a complete overhaul. New lighting fixtures were added and rewired, every single piece of crystal in the globe was individually cleaned, and a new steel cable was installed in the stem to help with support. Once all of the work was done, the chandelier was placed into storage in the New Hampshire facility until it was transported back to Charleston last week. 

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