12/26/2013 11:05 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Colorado Capitol Unveils $17 Million Facelift

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For the curtain-dropping on a $17 million taxpayer-funded production, the unveiling of the Capitol dome facelift early Thursday was more a peek than a debut.

For the next two days, crews will be dropping the 270-foot white veil that has draped the top of the statehouse since February 2012; it covered the workers behind it who were undoing the damage 105 years of wind, snow, rust and decay had dealt one of the state's most iconic buildings.