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April 8, 2014

State Capitol makes endangered place list

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)  — For the second year in a row, the nearly 100-year-old Oklahoma state Capitol made a list of the most endangered places in the state.

The nonprofit organization Preservation Oklahoma released its annual list of Oklahoma’s most endangered places on Tuesday.

The list recognizes historic sites across the state at risk of demolition or deterioration and raises awareness about the need to preserve them.

The 400,000-square-foot state Capitol building has been plagued with problems. Large chunks of limestone have been falling from the building’s facade on the south side, and barricades have been erected to keep people away. Rotting pipes and electrical issues are also wreaking havoc.

“It’s still in need of the repairs that it needed last year, and each year that passes the damage that exists  — the structural faults that are there  — only continue to get worse,” said Preservation Oklahoma executive director David Pettyjohn.

The Legislature this year is considering two separate proposals to repair the aging structure.

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