Photographer's Note

Oregon's State Capitol is in Salem. In this view a temporary modern metal sculpture is on the Capitol garden grounds.

The Capitol building was necessary after a fire destroyed the previous one in 1935. Construction of the new Capitol started December 4th, 1936 and was finished October 1, 1938. The design deviates from the popular 'rotunda-dome-wing', and is overall Art Deco style, a combination of Egyptian simplicity and Greek refinement. Most of the structure is marble, and on top of the cupola is the gold 'Oregon Pioneer', an eight and a half ton bronze statue with gold leaf finish representing the "brawny woodsman" with axe in hand. The building cost $2.5 million which in today's dollars would be $42 million.

In 2002, the building became the first state capitol to produce solar power with the addition of 60 photovoltaic panels generating on the average 7.8 kilowatts of electricity.

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  • Copyright: Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-09-07
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-07-30 16:27
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