A Mississippi steamboat pilot described the Louisiana State Capitol as: "It is pathetic...that a whitewashed castle, with turrets and things...should ever have been built in this otherwise honorable place."
--- Mark Twain
Local New Orleans called their new capitol building "the Louisiana Castle". It was completed in 1847 and remained the capitol until 1932 when it was replaced by the unusual skyscraper one (posted a week ago).
The design architect, James Dakin conceived his "Castellated Gothic" style due to its decoration with cast-iron, which was cheaper than rock materials, like marble.
The Castle Capitol was restored in the 1990s and is now the Museum of Political History. In 2010, BRC Imagination created new immersive exhibits and attractions showcasing the unique Louisiana historic artifacts, history and the building itself. The Museum even has on display the gun used to kill the famous Louisiana governor, Huey Long.
Today the newest attraction is "The Ghost of the Castle" a 4D immersive theatrical presentation with the ghost of Sarah Morgan, from the Civil War period.
It includes floating images from the past surrounding the audience, and a tribute to those who have saved the castle over the decades.
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Silvio1953 (152735) 2014-08-07 11:34
Ciao Ray, lovely B&W composition with fantastic castle, splendid perspective and good clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (33584) 2014-08-07 12:00
This series of your fine state capitols does not stop throwing surprises, a gothic castle would be the last thing I would expect to see! I can see why it has a nice ghost tour attached now, it has got a very creepy vibe, and the way you have composed it suits that so well, both the black and white, and the gate opening. I can almost hear it creak as it beckons us inside. For such a tall castle it's really thin, and that gives it a perfect haunted feel too, as haunted places always seem to feel a bit rickety. Love where you composed the stairs leading to the great door, just inside the gate, and creating an excellent sense of depth.
All the best
emka (106548) 2014-08-07 23:03
Hello ray, very interesting building with fascinating history. It looks a bit spooky in your black and white treatment. A bit like from Disneyland, specially with the theatrical presentation. The open gates invites to go inside but with some fear what happens later...
WArm regrads Malgo
saxo042 (37966) 2014-08-08 8:57
An interesting building and a good capture. An interesting choice of the black and white format but it brings an artistic touch to the picture. A nicely composed view.
ourania (51079) 2014-08-09 3:02
your picture and note offer a very interesting presentation, I think it's the first time I see this building. The half open gate and the stairway enhance the perspective and entice us to approach. The monochrome has eliminated modern distractions and made the building look more mysterious and timeless. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,