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$670,000 for Doors at State Capitol

Updated: Friday, September 6 2013, 05:19 PM CDT

Building renovations can be an expensive prospect, and renovating something like the Illinois State Capitol building is on a whole other level. In fact, the latest renovation includes three sets of doors that cost a total of $670,000.

The whole west wing is in the final phases of a massive renovation project, which includes these new doors. The idea was to replicate the original doors on the building with very ornate custom-made copper-plated wood doors.

So we asked some Illinois residents if it makes sense to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on doors. Here's what you had to say:

"They should go to Lowe's or Home Depot and get some of these doors, that are not $100,000 or whatever it is," Robert said.

"It's about the people, I thought, in the state of Illinois--not the property and the capitol building," teacher Donna Whitaker said. "So I'm torn. I respect the aesthetics of it, but financially I think it's not okay."

"Right now there are children who are being deprived of Head Start and of medical care in this state," John Taylor said. "And if the legislators are so vain that they think it's appropriate to spend that money, they should not be re-elected, and they should be ashamed."

The whole renovation on the West Wing is budgeted at right around $50 million. That includes functional upgrades like new heating and air conditioning systems, as well as elaborate recreations of older fixtures such as doors and chandeliers.

Capitol architect J. Richard Alsop told us at least half the total cost was for necessary repairs.

Story by NewsChannel20.

$670,000 for Doors at State Capitol


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