Monday, December 6, 2010

The Capitol Building

The day after Thanksgiving, I went for a tour of the capitol building. I had only been there once before, briefly, for the scavenger hunt. The architecture is amazing. Everything is original to 1888 except the terrazo floors which were installed in the 1930s. The floor below the dome represents the seals of the six nations Texas has belonged to in its history. I thought it was interesting that the design included several different types of hearts. It seemed sweet until Corey pointed out that it looked like a "weiner".

The level of detail throughout the building is phenomenal. Even the hinge plates used to hang the doors are beautiful.

But what really took my breath away was the woodwork.

 The electric lights are all original. Check out the chandelier in the senate room. The lights spell Texas.

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