Thursday we decided to take a drive downtown and visit the Old State Capitol Building. We had heard there is a lot of history in this old gothic style building.
Louisiana's Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure, stands high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 165 year old statehouse has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment and an occasional fistfight. Today, the building stands as a testament to bold, inspired leadership and active citizenship.
The state capitol saw its first Legislature in 1852 and remained the seat of government until January 1861. This is when the legislature voted to secede from the Union in the House Chamber. During this time a fire broke out while occupied by Union forces. This fire destroyed the interior of the building but the brick walls remained intact as did the wrought iron fencing around the grand building.
|This is a side view showing the fencing around the capital
It was built to look like a castle and many locals refer to it as "Louisiana Castle or Castle of Baton Rouge and Castle on the River."
|View looking out from the House Chamber
|Side entrance to the Old State Capital
|Second floor atop the stairs
|Looking up to the second floor and above
|House Chamber Room
|On the second floor of the Old Capital
|View from the Senate Chamber into the rest of the building
|Well, we not only mad it up the stairs, but...
|also down the stairs...
The Louisiana State Capital building is the tallest capital in the United States. It stands 450 feet tall with 34 floors. This capital will forever be entwined with the political career of Huey Long as it was his idea to construct a new capital building in 1928 when he was running for governor.
We finished off our Thursday with a light dinner and nice evening sitting outside our Oliver enjoying the night sounds....not to mention the humidity!!