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Salem’s iconic Gold Man goes dark

Blue skies light up the Capitol's Gold Man and Oregon flag on Jan. 22, 2017. Oregon is the only state to display different pictures on each side of the flag, with the reverse showing an image of a beaver.
Connor Radnovich
Salem Statesman Journal

The iconic Gold Man atop the Oregon Capitol building has gone dark.

Due to extensive renovations in the building beneath, the Oregon Pioneer (as he is officially known) will no longer be illuminated at night throughout the construction, which is slated to last until January 2025, according to project director Jodie Jones.

However, Jones said her crew is looking for ways to relight the Gold Man, possibly as early as next week.

Created by Ulric Ellerhusen, the Gold Man was affixed to the top of the Capitol in 1938 when the building was completed.

Power was shut off to that portion of the Capitol on Aug. 1 for renovations. This construction represents the third and final phase of the Capitol Accessibility, Maintenance and Safety project, ongoing since 2016.

This particular stage focuses on the ’38 building and will include: a seismic retrofitting beneath the building; a completely redesigned basement with four new hearing rooms, a new café area and new stairwells from the first floor; an upgraded fire suppression system; and a shared House and Senate lounge for lawmakers.

Reporter Connor Radnovich covers the Oregon Legislature and state government. Contact him at cradnovich@statesmanjournal.com or 503-508-6131, or follow him on Twitter at @CDRadnovich.