State Captiol #23 as we wait for parts!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

We decided to make the most of our current 'situation' and headed out for a visit of the New York State Capitol.  Unfortunately we couldn't take advantage of the guided tour as we were expecting a call from the service center at any time.  We instead opted to tour on our own. 

This capitol is completely different from any of the others we have visited.  It is, in fact, New York's fourth capital building.  It was constructed between 1867 and 1899. Three teams of architects worked on the design of the Capitol during the 32 years of its construction. Fuller, the initial architect, was an Englishman who also designed the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa. He designed the ground floor  in the Classical/Romanesque style.

Fuller was dismissed by Lt. Governor William Dorsheimer and replaced by architects Eidlitz and Richardson.They built the next two floors in a Renaissance Classical style.. The increasing construction costs became an ongoing source of conflict in the legislature, and it was difficult to secure the funding necessary. Eidlitz and Richardson, were dismissed by Grover Cleveland when he was elected Governor.
 
Governor Cleveland hired architect Perry to complete the project. Perry designed the legislative chambers, the fourth floor and roof work.  These  were all finished in Victorian-modified Romanesque style. The central open court is dominated by a shaft intended to support a massive dome. The dome and tower were never completed, as it was found that the weight of the building was already causing stress fractures and actually to make the building shift downhill.
 
The Capitol exterior is made of white granite from Hallowell, Maine, and the building incorporates marble cut by state prisoners at Sing Sing. The building is 220 feet tall at its highest point, and it is one of ten U.S. State Capitols that does not have a domed roof. The building, completed in 1899 at a cost of $25 million (worth approximately half a billion current dollars), was the most expensive government building of its time. 

After touring the Capitol building we headed back to the service center.  Our coach was in the bay and the transfer switch was being switched out!   Shortly after 2 pm we were back on the road, with the generator running and the roof airs cooling our house as we traveled!  Our travels were only delayed by a day and the repair work - minus the cost of overnight shipping and taxes - was covered by our extended warranty.  So, a $780 repair cost us $120.  This make Ken very happy!!  As a bonus, we got to tour another State Capitol.  All and all not a bad unplanned detour from our travels!
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