Wright Monument Getting Inside Makeover

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The granite monument towering above the Wright Brothers National Memorial is getting some touch-up work.

While it's glittering from the outside, the inside is dark and empty and dank. Niches in the granite walls where busts of Orville and Wilbur Wright and a model of the Wright Flyer were once displayed are bare. A steel map marking aviation breakthroughs has been removed, and white buckets are positioned on the floor to catch water drips.

A restoration project scheduled to start next month will include cleaning and restoring the interior and exterior. Mortar will be chipped out and replaced. Wiring and lighting will be redone and a new air conditioning unit will be installed. It's supposed to be done in four months, weather permitting.