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Old December 16th, 2011, 02:18 AM   #1
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Best and Worst Capitol Buildings in America?

I live in Connecticut and our Capitol Building is said to be one of the best in the country, along with Iowa and West Virginia. I agree—the building is very castle-like with a beautiful gold dome and stunningly detailed architecture.

What do you think the best Capitol Building is and why?
What is the worst?
In my opinion it's between Oregon and Ohio, both which have the podium for a dome but no dome. Florida and Louisiana's high-rise office-type buildings are bad too.

In terms of skylines, Massacussetts and Texas takes the cake. (In a good way.)

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Old December 16th, 2011, 02:35 AM   #2
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NM State Capitol Bldg: close to the bottom of the heap.

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[QUOTE=desertpunk;86689313]NM State Capitol Bldg: close to the bottom of the heap.

At least it fit into Santa Fe well, even if it looks like a suburban megachurch.
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Yeah, wow. New Mexico's Capitol is pretty horrendous. Another god-awful capitol is North Dakota:

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At least it fit into Santa Fe well, even if it looks like a suburban megachurch.
Agreed, if New Mexico's capitol building looked more like the others it would look very out of place. At least that design blends in with the rest of the city.

I think Florida's and Louisiana's capitol buildings are pretty bad though. Alaska's Capitol Building also looks pretty horrible as it looks just like some nondescript office building.

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Louisiana and Florida's aren't great, but NM and AK have to take the cake.

Here's this phallus looking thing in Tallahassee.



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At least they've preserved the 19th century original even as it's been surmounted by midcentury fugly. New Mexico stripped away all the adornment of its original capitol and wrapped it in Faux-Territorial style architecture in 1950:

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Old New Mexico State Capitol (Santa Fe, New Mexico) by courthouselover, on Flickr

It was relaced by "The Roundhouse" in 1967.


Here's Idaho's in Boise:

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Idaho State Capitol by Talo66, on Flickr
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I tend to like the more unusual capitol buildings rather than the ones with the domes...so many of them are domed and look similar, even with the various architectural details.

I disagree with the criticism of the Louisiana capitol building...it's one of my faves, a beautiful art deco structure built in the 1920s:


New York's is pretty amazing and not at all like any others that I know of:


Nebraska's is unusual and very striking, also built in the 20s:


Oregon's is kind of strange looking...it looks like they ran out of money. I can't decide if I like it or not, but I'm leaning toward not:


Hawaii's is pretty unattractive, unless you like that Bauhaus style:
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Agree on all the above. Stylish and unusual = good.
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US Capital knockoffs, I like the style though
Texas

West Virginia

Missouri

Arkansas


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It's sort of the commonly accepted capitol style...the classic dome/rotunda/columns with various ornamentation and detail, designed after the U.S. capitol. It's a beautiful and timeless style.
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No one mentioned the California State Capital, my fav so far.
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I like Texas State Capitol Too!
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Georgia State Capitol Building:
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I must say the gold dome adds a nice touch.
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Colorado State Capitol

Another gold-domed wonder..

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Wisconsin's State Capitol in Madison. It's one of my favorites!

I wouldn't say it's the most ornate capitol building, but it's an incredibly handsome structure. The way it's situated downtown (basically the city's centerpiece) in the middle of an isthmus makes it pretty unique and one of the most imposing from street level.



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The interior is killer! Wisconsin's has to be near the top of the heap!
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I like CT's because it's "domed" but looks like something out of Disneyland more than something out of DC, it's rather castlelike. (well, I live there...)
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The interior is killer! Wisconsin's has to be near the top of the heap!
Agreed, it is a FANTASTIC structure that the state's residents are justifiably proud of. Also, unlike many of the others that only house the two (or one, in the case of Nebraska) branches of the respective state's legislature and related offices, the Wisconsin State Capitol, with its four wings, also houses the Governor's office and the state's Supreme Court (the wings are 'Assembly', 'Senate', 'Governor' and 'Supreme Court').

Also, when I first drove by New York's State Capitol during a roadtrip in the late 1990s, not knowing any better, from the street I thought that it was an old fancy hotel. Another story that I recall regarding the New York State Capitol building is that there once were plans to install a rotunda dome on it, but that engineers determined that its foundation was too weak to support it.

My first impression of the Oregon State Capitol building was that it looks amazingly like a Mormon (LDS) Temple.

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Connecticut's interior is just beautiful and looks like you're living in the 1800's, really, and that ANGEL!!!
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Agreed, it is a FANTASTIC structure that the state's residents are justifiably proud of. Also, unlike many of the others that only house the two (or one, in the case of Nebraska) branches of the respective state's legislature and related offices, the Wisconsin State Capitol, with its four wings, also houses the Governor's office and the state's Supreme Court (the wings are 'Assembly', 'Senate', 'Governor' and 'Supreme Court').

Also, when I first drove by New York's State Capitol during a roadtrip in the late 1990s, not knowing any better, from the street I thought that it was an old fancy hotel. Another story that I recall regarding the New York State Capitol building is that there once were plans to install a rotunda dome on it, but that engineers determined that its foundation was too weak to support it.

My first impression of the Oregon State Capitol building was that it looks amazingly like a Mormon (LDS) Temple.

Mike
Is there a fourth wing behind the dome, hidden in the picture? So from overhead it's shaped like a +? Or is it just the three wings and one meets in the rotunda? :P
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