Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Taking some narrow spiral steps up to the observation deck, one has a great panoramic view at 92 feet of the Madison city as well as the sculptures above. Sculpted by Karl Bitter, these Greek-inspired pieces symbolize faith, prosperity, abundance, and strength. Years ago, visitors were able to go up all the way to the lantern, but safety concerns put that to a halt. Still, it is a great view.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Symbols reflecting the unique aspects of Wisconsin abound in the capitol. Fitting of the "Badger State," a statue of this feisty animal appears on guard above the entrance to the state's Supreme Court.
Even the door handles include our furry friend and state seal. I love such attention to detail.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The stairways and doorways found in the beautifully restored Capitol interior compliment the majestic finishings of the walls and floors. Metalwork designs on the railings echo the stenciled designs restored on the murals above. The warm wood on top of the stairways was beautifully finished and felt smooth to the touch. Although electrified, the light fixtures retain their timeless beauty. Stately granite columns frame each side of the main governmental doorways, with each covered with elaborate grillwork doors. Although the elevators have been upgraded to enable accessibility, they also retain much of their original charm.