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Old Senate Chamber restoration complete but remains closed

Old Senate Chamber restoration complete but remains closed

The $8 million restoration of the Old Senate Chamber at the State House has been complete for more than a week, but the doors to the historic room where George Washington resigned his commission remain closed to visitors. State officials say they don't plan to open the room described as the "crown jewel" of the State House until Gov. Larry Hogan and members of the General Assembly can hold a ceremony. "The governor wants to be a part of it," said Therese Yewell, spokeswoman for the state Department of General Services. "We want a ceremony to include the state Senate and of course the speaker of the House." Yewell noted that the governor has recently...

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