Thursday, October 25, 2012

Alabama State Capitol

Next was the Alabama State Capitol which is right across the street from the First Confederate White House. The current capitol building also served temporarily as the first political capital of the Confederate States of America in 1861 before it was moved to Richmond, VA. The building is basically Greek Revival in style and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1960 because of its role in Confederate history. The building is the second Alabama capitol built on this location the first one having burned only two years after its completion.

Front of the Capitol Building
Back of the Capitol

"Duty Called"

Confederate Memorial

Old Supreme Court Library (1885-1940)

Old Supreme Court Chambers

Memorial for Fallen Alabama Heroes

Bust of Lureen Burns Wallace - Governor of Alabama 1967-68
Spiral Staircase at one of the entrances
 This is one of the cantilevered spiral staircases 
designed by Horace King.

Old House Chamber

Interior of the Dome

Main floor of the Rotunda

One of eight murals around the rotunda

Another mural in the rotunda

We spent about an hour taking a self-guided tour of the building which no longer serves as the meeting place of either house of the legislature. The legislature has been meeting in the Alabama State House across the street since 1985. The Capitol houses the governor’s office and numerous other executive offices.

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