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That Is One Beautiful Building

Monday, February 25, 2013

On December 24, we drove up from New Orleans to Baton Rouge in anticipation of driving back down to see the bonfires on the levee. Surprisingly, the art deco capitol building -- clad in Alabama limestone -- was open that day:
Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

It's hard to separate this building with thoughts of Huey P. Long, the man who sought to have it built (and on such a grand scale -- the largest in the US -- obviously a testament), saw it through (with an apartment for him included), and tragically murdered there.

Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

Here, in the corridor where he was killed is this display, plaque, and the bullet damage is still in the walls:
Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

For a break, there's an observation deck on the 27th floor:
Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

...and if you're wondering what the good people who work here for the people of Louisiana, have for lunch:
Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

The Senate chambers were decorated for Christmas:
Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

These statues in the main lobby:
Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

...and these murals by Jules Guerin:
Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

Louisiana Capitol Building, Baton Rouge

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