The architect of the Capitol and the trustee of the House of Representatives will be among the witnesses on Wednesday to explain their experiences during and in the aftermath of the January 6 uprising.
Capitol architect Brett Blanton wrote in prepared testimony that this staff “ ran to the roof to reverse the air currents in the building to help clear the air of chemical irritants, such as bear repellants and pepper spray. ”
Those chemicals contributed to some of the damage found in the eight artworks in the House collection that curator Farar Elliott will testify to, including a statue of Thomas Jefferson and paintings by James Madison and John Quincy Adams.
The Capitol architect and the House’s curator will testify before a House subcommittee on Wednesday about the January 6 uprising. In a pre-written testimony, the trustee said eight pieces from the house collection were damaged
Capitol architect Brett Blanton said his workers ran to the roof to reverse the ventilation “ to help clear the air of chemical irritants, such as bear repellants and pepper spray, ” while the trustee blamed fire extinguishers, as seen here. is.
Curator Farar Elliott listed eight pieces of the House Collection that were damaged during the January 6 MAGA crowd, including portraits of James Madison and John Quincy Adams and a statue of Thomas Jefferson
The trustee gave lawmakers examples of the damage in his written testimony, including some of the discoloration on the base of former speaker Champ Clark’s bust, likely caused by fire extinguishers.
Capitol architect Brett Blanton said his staff had been outside before the riot and painted the inaugural platform on the west side of the Capitol. Workers were drawn in as the masses formed
Both witnesses appear before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch at 10:00 AM Wednesday morning
On Tuesday, the Senate began its first hearing on the January 6 uprising.
In Blanton’s written testimony, the Capitol architect said his staff were busy painting the first phase that day.
‘The day was bright and clear, and our artists were delighted to paint the stands bright white with a deep blue border on the main stage of the platform,’ he wrote.
He said that when the MAGA rioters started appearing outside around lunchtime, the AOC personnel were moved inside.
“Over the course of a few hours, our team’s hard work has been destroyed,” he said. The platform had been smashed, broken glass and other debris, sound systems and photography equipment had been irreparably damaged or stolen, two historic Olmsted lanterns were ripped off the ground, and the wet blue paint was poured over the Capitol’s historic stone railings and corridors. ‘
The AOC has been working on a restoration project of the Olmstead lanterns, originally powered by gas jets.
When the crowd started to pour through windows and pry open doors, my staff took several astonishing actions in support of Congress. AOC employees kept conference personnel in their stores to protect them from the roaming crowd, ”Blanton said.
Other workers ran to the roof to reverse the air flows to expel the gas.
During Tuesday’s Senate hearing, Capitol captain Carneysha Mendoza testified that she could smell a “ military-grade CS gas ” while fending off rioters in the Capitol rotunda. “It was mixed with fire extinguishers deployed by rioters,” she said.
Blanton also said AOC employees “rushed bottled water and eyewash stations to Capitol Police officers who needed assistance.”
In his written testimony, he praised the efforts of his staff “in the face of this dangerous and stressful event.”
He said most of the damage to the Capitol, in the areas maintained by the AOC, was “broken glass, broken doors and graffiti.”
“Statues, murals, historic benches, and original shutters all suffered to varying degrees of damage, mainly from pepper spray build-up and residue from chemical irritants and fire extinguishers,” Blanton said. “This damage to our precious artworks and statues requires expert cleaning and preservation.”
Blanton said some damaged pieces, such as window panes, have been preserved in case they are needed for a future museum installation on the rebellion.
In his written testimony, Elliott said that during the riot, staffers preserved several important house artifacts.
A diary clerk assured himself of the House’s silver inkstand, the oldest object in the room, that historians believe dates back to 1819
In addition, a member of the Sergeant at Arms staff snatched the mace from the room. The mace is a mace-like weapon, but in the case of the weapon in the house, it is decorative and decorated with a silver eagle and a globe at the top. It dates from December 29, 1841.
House Curator Farar Elliott said a journalist picked up the oldest artifact in the house, a silver inkstand, which historians believe dates back to 1819
In addition, a Sergeant at Arms employee grabbed the House’s silver club. The mace is a mace-like weapon, but in the case of the weapon in the house, it is decorative and decorated with a silver eagle and a globe at the top
Later that day, the House Clerk went to the House’s most recently opened exhibit, on the occasion of the 150th birthday of the first African-American representative, Joseph Rainey, and found the artifacts in order, Elliott testified.
Overall, Elliott said, eight pieces in the House Collection had potential damage: marble and granite busts of Speakers Joe Cannon, Champ Clark, Joe Martin and Thomas Brackett Reed, the portraits of Madison and Adams, a bust of Chippewa statesman Be shekee , and the Jefferson statue.
These objects are in the hallways next to the House Chamber doors. We noticed that they and their frames, baseboards, plinths and niches were covered with a fine powder, probably residue from a chemical spray, ‘Elliott said.
Clark’s bust, which is next to the west doors of the House Chamber, was found to contain powder likely from a discharged fire extinguisher, Elliott said.
He asked lawmakers for $ 25,000 to supplement the budget for repairing damaged pieces in the home collection.
Blanton said the Credit Committee approved $ 30 million to address additional AOC spending, including the controversial fence around the Capitol, but said in his testimony that money will run out on March 31.