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The State of Louisiana's State Capitol Building is the tallest capitol in the United States, at 137 meters (450 feet) tall, with 34 stories, and completed in 1932. Governor Huey Long insisted on a design different from the popular "rotunda-dome-wing", and the State of Nebraska was building the first skyscraper capitol. Ironically Huey Long would be assassinated inside the capitol in 1935.

Missing from my image are elaborate historical friezes and statues at the base. The tower itself is unadorned until the 21st floor, when it transitions to an octagon shape. Four allegorical busts from the 22nd to the 25th floor represent Law, Science, Philosophy and Art. The cupola has large windows on four sides, topped with a pediment. Four stone eagles serve as flying buttresses from the top of the cupola to the tower's beacon top. The top is a 23 foot high lantern symbolizing the "higher aspirations of Louisiana".

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