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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macjake (57074) 2014-07-29 16:45
I know a couple of TE members who will really enjoy this one. Capitol State buildings seem to be a theme that is growing in popularity to photograph state by state.
I've never seen this one before, looks similar to the Empire State Building, but far less dominant and tall!
It'd be sweet to see some indoor shots as well.
thanks for this interesting post, probably a new one for TE in this location.
npecanhuk (66362) 2014-07-29 18:18
Although different from the others, it's got its beauty, specially for the adornments!
Attractive architecture picture and interesting note!
TFS - congrats,
jemaflor (85536) 2014-07-29 23:55
Well taken, good vertical format to give more impressive rsult, very high through the blue sky.
Noel_Byrne (24852) 2014-07-30 10:29
I like this one, a lot. The building is a wonderful color against this blue sky, and it kind of looks like it has been inspired by Egyptian design. I would imagine the Pharos of Alexandria looked a lot like this, perhaps without the windows though. A nice idea to make a change from the typical traditional design of capitol, I for one certainly appreciate its design.
all the best
emka (79992) 2014-07-30 16:42
Hello Ray, This state capitol reminds me our Palace of Culture in Warsaw, but more art deco style. Interesting architecture. Must be grat view from above.
WArm regrads MAlgo