3 months ago From suntimes.com
Doors part of $50 million renovation in Springfield
From From suntimes.com:
Capitol Architect J. Richard Alsop III Wednesday confirmed a published report that the new doors — part of a $50 million overhaul of the state Capitol — cost taxpayers $669,608 to buy and install.
That amount has triggered a new round of criticism toward the renovation project from a prominent financial watchdog and one of the state Legislature’s most aggressive fiscal hawks, who both questioned the optics of spending so much on mere doorways that once featured more modest, plain glass doors with handles in the shape of the state seal.
“We must remember that these are custom doors with carvings that do not exist on a shelf at your typical home-improvement store,” Alsop said of the new, copper-coated doors in a prepared statement.
“Like many other materials in the building, it takes craftsmen to perform the work necessary to give us the desired and appropriate historic fabric,” he said.