Friday, January 4, 2013

Cherokee Nation launches restoration of historic capitol building

Building served as first permanent structure for all three branches of the Cherokee Nation government in Indian Territory

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.—Cherokee Nation officials are breaking ground on a project to restore the Cherokee National Capitol building to its late 1800s appearance. The groundbreaking will take place on Monday, January 7, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Cherokee national Capitol (100 S. Muskogee Avenue in Tahlequah, OK. 
The project will preserve the historic building’s existing materials and restore the historic character of the building. Work is scheduled to be completed by this summer.

The restoration includes roof repairs with new decking and historic era shingles, restoration of soffits and fascia, a new gutter system and a cupola replicated to the building’s late 1800s appearance. The project also calls for adding new doors and windows, a new back porch and exterior waterproofing for the building’s foundation.

The Capitol was built in 1869 and occupied by all three branches of the Cherokee Nation government prior to statehood. Today, it houses the judicial branch of the government. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a National Landmark.

The preservation of the Cherokee National Capitol building has been financed in part with federal funds from the Save America’s Treasures program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

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