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“I want to create an environment where people feel welcome.”

That’s what Andrea Aggertt, the architect of the Capitol, says she wants to achieve in keeping up the Capitol while maintaining its historic authenticity.

On the job about a year, her first high-profile assignment, as directed by a four-member board, is to boot the statues of early leaders Stephen Douglas (pictured) and Pierre Menard off the Capitol grounds, because of their ties to slavery. Douglas was removed over the weekend, and Aggertt says the statues will be in storage.

“What was important and significant in history back then has been altered with time,” she said, “so I don’t feel like those with the backgrounds of those two gentlemen should be immortalized and placed on our Capitol lawn.”

As for another controversy, Aggertt defends a predecessor’s decision to hang expensive copper doors at the west entrance during a $50 million renovation. Aggertt says the doors are historically accurate, and, if they last 100 years as billed, cost the state roughly six dollars a day.

via WTAX 93.5FM/1240AM

September 28, 2020 at 07:04AM

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