Iowa State Capitol

Back in February (I’m a little behind on posting), we visited the Iowa State Capitol while my parents were in town.  Over the years, I’ve managed to visit the capitol building in each state in which we’ve lived.  My only disappointing experience was the Oregon Capitol Building because it was closed the day we were there, so we only got to see the outside which is modern and not really my taste.

The Iowa Capitol is gorgeous inside and outside.  The gold-plated domes are beautiful and its position on the hill make them visible all around the area.  Even my 2-year-old points them out as we’re driving around town.

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We didn’t take the tour, but opted to just walk around and admire the woodwork, marble, tile, and stunning murals and stencils.  Even the kids were a little in awe of the building and behaved pretty well.

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We weren’t brave enough to go all the way to the top of the rotunda with the kids, but it’s possible to go to the top (just below the gold ring) with a tour guide.  However, there was plenty to admire about the rotunda from below.

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We also couldn’t go in the library, but I peeked in the window and took a photo of this photo.  My librarian friends will appreciate this one.

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When we go to Missouri to visit our families, we always watch for the capitol building at each end of our trip (in Des Moines and Jefferson City) as a signal that we’re almost home.

If you haven’t visiting your state capitol building, make the trip.  Many of them are beautiful exhibits of architecture, art, and history.   They also take a lot of money and effort to maintain, so enjoy them and make the resources that go into them worthwhile.  I’ve been to Missouri, Oregon, California, and Iowa and hope I get a chance to visit others in future travels.

Which capitol buildings have you visited?  Do you have a favorite?

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