Kim leads efforts on preserving Capitol history as committee chairwoman

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today announced her appointment as Chair of the Pennsylvania Capitol Preservation Committee.

“Having the good fortune to serve as State Representative of the district where our commonwealth’s Capitol building is located, I am more than honored to serve as the Capitol Preservation Committee’s new chair,” Kim said. “I know firsthand of the hard work taken to maintain the breathtaking and historical legacy of the Capitol Complex and am excited to now lead in that effort.”

Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful state capitols in the nation, the Main Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and the entire Capitol Complex was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 2013.

In the committee’s forty-plus-year existence, Capitol Preservation has directed over 160 individual long-term projects to restore, conserve, and preserve the artwork, architecture, and history of the Pennsylvania State Capitol to highlight its original 1906 grandeur.

Kim said she looks forward to working with both old and new members of the committee as they move forward in the preservation of Pennsylvania’s truly remarkable “Palace of Art.”

Notable projects completed by the Capitol Preservation Committee include the restoration of the Main Rotunda murals and marble, the conservation of the commonwealth’s historic collection of civil war battle flags, the restoration of the Senate and House chambers, the completion of the governor’s private office suite, and the restoration of the state Commonwealth from atop the Capitol dome.

The Preservation Committee will also conduct restoration of the ornate spaces within the other Complex buildings, such as the Forum Building’s Law Library and the North Office Building’s 104 Suite.