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Capital building of Wisconsin

The dome


Sampling of all the different type of marble used throughout the building

Very ornate


See the fossil


The doors to the library was made of tooled leather

The Badger....



Unique touring vehicle

There was a demonstration of some kind going on but did not...

These corner style buildings are use a lot in Madison


We liked this bumper sticker





These this a fun twist for an eatery


This capital was an unexpected pleasure. The tour guide was very good. The building is spectacular. I am finding I like the glitzy capital buildings. Lots of marble, gold, rich paintings, sculptures and attention to detail. Some of the flooring in this capital is limestone containing various fossils.

Built in 1838, the first Madison Capitol stood for 25 years until it was replaced by a larger building in 1863. After a devastating fire left the second Madison Capitol badly damaged, George B. Post & Sons designed the current Capitol, which was built between 1906 and 1917 at a cost of $7.25 million. The Madison Capitol is distinguished as being the only State Capitol ever built on an isthmus.

Reaching to a height of over 200 feet, the Capitol dome is topped by Daniel Chester French's elegant gilded bronze statue, "Wisconsin." Edwin Blashfield's mural "Resources of Wisconsin" lavishly decorates the ceiling of the rotunda, which is the only granite dome in the United States. There are 43 varieties of stone from around the world, hand-carved furniture and exquisite glass mosaics.

The Historical Museum was done very well. Again, a lot of attention to detail. As you can see in the pictures, we saw the Oscar Mayer Wiener car. There are several of them. They are being used tour guide vehicles. Very cool!.

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