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Old January 20th, 2012, 06:35 PM   #61
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And Richmond, Annapolis, Atlanta, Columbia, Harrisburg, Springfield....

They were purposefully placed outside of the financial centers of the states at the time.
Springfield was the dominant city in Illinois when the capitol was placed there. Chicago didn't get big until much, much later.

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I love Wisconsin's, Minnesota's, Iowa's, Texas's, New York's, New Jersey's and Connecticut's. My favorite: Wisconsin's, in Madison.

Those tower-capitol buildings are horrible, but for me New Mexico's is the creapiest. I also put Massachussett's near to the bottom:

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Old January 21st, 2012, 01:53 AM   #63
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All that money stolen from the people in order to have a gilded staircases and ornately carved mahogany trim...

Alaska's looks the prettiest to my wallet

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Old February 2nd, 2012, 04:38 AM   #64
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Iowa is slightly different

No offense to Oregonians but your capital building looks like a mosoleum or a prison. Oregon is a beautiful place but I'm not sure how the capital building represents the state it's in. Alternatively, it looks kinda Mormony too.... maybe there's a link? Iowa has an interesting building....
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Old February 8th, 2012, 09:11 PM   #65
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Michigan State Capitol, Lansing

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Old February 9th, 2012, 04:30 AM   #66
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Old February 9th, 2012, 04:42 AM   #67
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Wow. The interiors of Iowa and Wisconsin's Capitol Buildings are crazy.

North Carolina's is small but classy. It only houses the Governor's office now, as the legislature obviously outgrew the building, and it also burned down in 1831. It's also a nice bookend for Fayetteville Street.

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Old February 9th, 2012, 07:16 PM   #68
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Springfield was the dominant city in Illinois when the capitol was placed there. Chicago didn't get big until much, much later
not quite. when springfield became the capital in 1839 it was not the dominant city in the state. springfield was chosen as a new capital primarily through the efforts of abraham lincoln and his associates to have a more geographically centralized capital city than the previous capital city of vandalia.
chicago became the largest city in illinois by 1850, a mere decade after springfield was chosen as the capital.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 08:57 PM   #69
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I'm sorry for the bump but I still am interested in this thread.!
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Old February 24th, 2013, 03:37 AM   #70
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Chicago was already the larger town when Springfield was selected as the new state capital. The difference is that Sangamon County and its county seat of Springfield had a lot of political sway in the legislature at that time. It also helped that Springfield isn't all that far off from the geographic center of the state.
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I'm sorry for the bump but I still am interested in this thread.!
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Old February 27th, 2013, 12:37 AM   #72
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Great thread! I think Iowa capitol building is my favorite so far.

I agree with some people on here about Oregon State Capitol Building. I don't find that building attractive at all. I toured that building when I lived in Oregon. While I was there, I learned that capitol building is Oregon's third capitol building. Last two capitol buildings burned down. Second capitol building was much nicer looking than the current one. You can read more about it and see the pictures of last two capitol buildings here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_State_Capitol
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Old March 19th, 2013, 11:02 PM   #73
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I am a fan of going off the beaten path, so I salute the states that eschewed evocation of the US Capitol for their state capitols, like Oregon (big fan of Art Deco!), New Mexico, Hawaii, Nebraska and, God help 'em, Alaska.

As for my own Alabama, here's our rather bland and uninspired take on the column-and-dome capitol.

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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.

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Neither of those buildings are particularly attractive.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 10:31 PM   #75
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Alabama's capitol is actually kind of pretty; surely not unattractive at all.

The state house is a bit plain, but not ugly. It's that abysmal streetscaping (particularly the staircase and planters) that really uglify it. It looks worse than an entrance to an abandoned shopping mall.

The landscaping/streetscaping around civic structures really does make or break them, at least from my perspective.
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Old April 4th, 2013, 07:38 AM   #76
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Providence has a pretty good/standard one. Sorry for the crappy pics, they are a bit old and I don't feel like searching for my newer ones right now.



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The Rhode Island State Capitol reminds me of India's British palaces or Brighton's Royal Pavilion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Pavilion)
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Alabama's capitol is actually kind of pretty; surely not unattractive at all.

The state house is a bit plain, but not ugly. It's that abysmal streetscaping (particularly the staircase and planters) that really uglify it. It looks worse than an entrance to an abandoned shopping mall.

The landscaping/streetscaping around civic structures really does make or break them, at least from my perspective.
We can agree to disagree. I think the Alabama capitol looks too plain for Greek Revival. Compared to the Rhode Island capitol, it's downright homely.
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Florida is certainly not the best, but at least we should show a decent picture or two



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