ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – A Maryland board has approved the initial investment for what is expected to be a $34 million restoration project on the Maryland State House. The Board of Public Works approved a $1.5 million contract to the Christman Company. The restoration effort will include the state Capitol’s exterior, including its historic wooden dome, and grounds. Restoration of the dome is being prioritized. The project also will provide restoration of the State House exterior, including stone and brick masonry, roof, doors, and windows. It also will include restoration of the existing State Circle brick masonry retaining wall, grading, irrigation system, landscaping, ramps, walkways, and railings.