Robert Baird, nationally acclaimed metalwork and casting expert, will speak on the restoration of the U.S. Capitol dome in lectures in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Louisiana chapter, the lectures will be held on Tuesday, March 13, at the Preservation Resource Center in New Orleans and Wednesday, March 14, at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

During the presentation, Baird will discuss the challenges of restoring one of America’s most iconic monuments before the presidential inauguration in 2017.

“An integral part of classical architecture is restoring buildings to recapture the beauty it once possessed,” says Kevin Harris, president of ICAA LA. “Robert and his team did a masterful job, and I cannot wait to learn more about his trials and triumphs during the lecture.”

Early in his career, Baird and his brothers founded Historical Arts and Castings under the direction of their father. For over 30 years, HACI has received national recognition for its elaborate projects and craftsmanship. In January, Baird retired as senior vice president of operations at HACI and now travels the country giving lectures about his career and passion for restoration.

To register, visit, search “Restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome — Robert Baird Lecture” and select the event for the date and location desired.

Admission for members is $35; for nonmembers is $85, which includes a one-year membership to ICAALA.

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