Arkansas State Capitol

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Oct 14, 2010


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Today I went to the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.  Like most capitols, it's a neo-classical building with a central rotunda.  Also like most capitols, it was originally built to house the Governor's Office, the Legislature and the Supreme Court and, like many capitols, they outgrew the space and the Supreme Court was moved to another building.

I first went to the tour desk and waited for someone to show up.  Nobody did.  I eventually asked a guard and found out the guide wasn't in today so I took one of the self-guided tour booklets followed it.

The Old Supreme Court Chamber and the Governor's Reception Room are open and you can wander in and look around.  Unfortunately, the House and Senate are not open.  You can step inside the door but then you have to look at them through a glass barrier that surrounds the door.  One side of the Senate Gallery was open but both sides of the House Gallery were closed due to restoration work.

The House and Senate Chambers have nice stained glass ceilings that I was told were by Tiffany by an employee there although that isn't stated in any of the documentation I read.  Since you can't get into the Chambers you can't get a good look at them.

The rotunda has a relatively simple ceiling with a nice chandelier hung in the center.  Although it's not that fancy it photographs well and I like the pictures I got, which I'll add to this post sometime after I get home.

The building doesn't line up with the Little Rock street grid.  What happened is the builder laid out the foundation without using surveying equipment and messed up.  He later became Governor.

After touring the capitol I headed for Hot Springs where I'll go to Hot Springs National Park tomorrow.
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