Word of the day: DOME - noun: 1:archaic : a stately building : mansion
2: a large hemispherical roof or ceiling
A dome is a curved roof structure on a circular base. The neoclassical dome of the Capitol is an element of architecture that has become a common symbol of democracy in America. The outer dome stretches 250 ft, 10 in. from the base of the grand stairs on the south side of the Capitol building. The shell of the dome is made of copper, installed in 1980, to replace the original copper covering after portions were blown off in a heavy windstorm.