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Old April 13th, 2013, 12:11 AM   #81
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The Indiana Capitol building isn't the most ornate, but it's far from ugly.





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And lastly, the old governor in the governor's office.

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Alabama's capitol is actually kind of pretty; surely not unattractive at all....
I'll gently disagree with you Jennifat. What bothers me about Alabama's capitol is the main facade. You have three competing elements that are not working together at all: The massive entablature with the out-of-proportion columns, the clock and the dome. Each is trying to take center stage but together, all they do is muddy the composition. And - for the era of architecture they are referencing - all the elements are under-adorned.
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Old April 13th, 2013, 09:43 AM   #83
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To further the discussion in this thread I'd like to hear people's comments about the symbolism embodied by the buildings.

For example, in Minnesota's gold-leafed Quadriga, the four horses represent the elements of Fire, Earth, Air and Water. The two women represent Agriculture (with the fluid breast covering) and Industry (with the metallic breastplate). The male figure represents Prosperity (with the cornucopia). Collectively the ensemble symbolizes Civilization.

What are some of the symbols in other state capitols? In other words, what is the message being delivered by the building?

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This is the Capitol Building of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. What do you guys think?


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Old April 14th, 2013, 03:21 PM   #85
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Ohio's state capitol is just idiotic. It's like when it came time to build a dome, they just said "**** it" and walked away. A dreadful building.



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Old April 14th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #86
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I really like the Ohio statehouse.

The inside is very sexy. It is a very masculine building (stark contrast from the one from my home state, VA). It is sturdy and no nonsense like the state that built it. It does look dumpy in that photo but in person it isn't awkward at all. Not in the least.

It was one of my favorite places to hang out when I attended OSU.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 07:27 PM   #87
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I love the Ohio capitol from the dome down. Not a fan of the dome.

However, it should be noted that the Ohio Capitol was built earlier than most state capitols (Which were mostly built from 1880-1930). It was built before the wave of extremely ornate civic architecture at the turn of the century.

The main structure is classic Greek revival. Handsome, simple, and democratic.

But that dome....
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Yeah, below the dome, it's actually a rather handsome building. But, yeah, not only is the stovepot dome kind of awkward, but it looks particularly bad given how wide the base of the building is; it should have been wider if even not properly domed.
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What bothers me about Alabama's capitol is the main facade. You have three competing elements that are not working together at all: The massive entablature with the out-of-proportion columns, the clock and the dome. Each is trying to take center stage but together, all they do is muddy the composition. And - for the era of architecture they are referencing - all the elements are under-adorned.
That is what I was trying to say, I just don't know the architecture vocabulary.

And what is structure atop of the Ohio capitol called? It's not a dome, because, well...it's not a dome.
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the Puerto Rico State Capitol looks like The science museum in Richmond!! I love it

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Old April 22nd, 2013, 06:20 PM   #91
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better than Ohio

I think that capital building in San Juan is pretty. The stone has color and character and the setting is beautiful.
I grew up near Columbus Ohio and Dad took me to the state house one day and I told him it looks like a county court house that somebody forgot to finish.
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However, the legislature does not even meet in the Capitol anymore. They have moved to the Alabama State House, a true monstrosity.

If the top couple of floors were removed you might have a decent looking federalist structure. Per Wikipedia, the legislature is looking into "alternatives."
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My god, it's hideous!!
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You guys are missing the worst Capitol building of all, North Dakota!

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According to me, Seagram Building / Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958) New York, New York is the best building in America. The Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe epitomizes elegance and the principles of modernism.
The Seagram Building is not a state capitol building...
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The Seagram Building is not a state capitol building...
Who says Seagram cant be the 51st state?

After all what a lovely flag!
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You guys are missing the worst Capitol building of all, North Dakota!

i guess it's a nice capitol building
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ND's capitol is interesting.

I like the tower part, its the rest of the building that is unattractive to me.
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All that money stolen from the people in order to have a gilded staircases and ornately carved mahogany trim...
This is an old post but I feel like dredging up.

Back in the 19th century when they built these things, wasn't it noble to support skilled craftsmen? And honestly it cost next to nothing compared to modern expenses.
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Exactly.
The more ornate and elaborate structures called for an army of craftsmen in the community. Pumping money to hundreds (thousands even) of individuals. The public structures of a city were supposed to be the grandest and most dignified of the city's buildings. A sum of the city's pride.

Good public architecture builds community pride.
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