Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Montana State Capitol

This morning we headed out to take a guided tour of the Montana State Capitol. The architects were John Hackett Kent and Charles Emlen Bell of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The building was dedicated on July 4, 1902. It was enlarged from 1909-1912. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to answer about any question you could ask.

The front had a Flower Garden with Montana 2006

Hall to the Governor's Chambers

Looking up at the Rottunda

Some of the murals

It is an absolutely stunning building

Mike and Maureen Mansfield

Michael Joseph "Mike" Mansfield (March 16, 1903 – October 5, 2001) was a politician and diplomat. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a US Representative (1943–1953) and a US Senator (1953–1977) from Montana. He was the longest-serving Senate Majority Leader, serving from 1961 to 1977. 

The House Chamber

Title: Lewis and Clark Meeting Indians at Ross’ Hole Artist: Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) Medium: Oil on canvas Date: 1912 Dimensions: 140" x 296" Location: House Chamber

The Senate Chamber

Old Supreme Court Chamber

Glass ceiling over the old Supreme Court Chamber 
which has now moved to another building

A View from across the Rottunda

Ceiling looking across the Rottunda - the mural is the painting of driving 
of the golden spike that finished the railroad

Another view from the Rottunda

For a look at all the art in the Montana Capitol, check out this website: Link to Montana Capital Art

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