The Kansas Statehouse's above-ground floors are now ready for visitors who want to wander and gawk at 12 years' worth of renovation work.
Those floors were fully open Friday. The renovation wasn't quite complete, because workers still have polishing and cleaning to do, and furniture will be moved into empty offices in the coming weeks.
But elementary school students were able to stand in the center of the first-floor rotunda and bend their necks back to stare up at the dome. Both they and parents who accompanied them were impressed.
If the results are eye-popping, so is the cost. The entire renovation is expected to cost $332 million once work on the Statehouse grounds, the building's exterior and a new basement visitor center is done next year.