Saturday, March 7, 2009

Charleston, West Virginia: State Capitol

West Virginia had a great idea for its state office complex. It is designed something like a college campus, with buildings connected by grass and sidewalks and the parking left on the outside rim. The State Capitol, the highlight of the area, is right on a river. Nice job, people.

The Capitol dome was bandaged up for repair when we were there, so that picture isn't too charming. Much better is this inside look at the dome itself. The chandelier hanging from the top is quite magnificent, even though I wouldn't want to clean it.

The building has a Governor's reception room, complete with tourist information, a working fireplace (even on 80-degree days) and free pens with the Governor's signature on it.

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