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Texas State Capitol

The Texas Capitol is an extraordinary example of late 19th century public architecture and is widely recognized as one of the nation's most distinguished state capitols. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its "significant contribution to American history."

Sited on one of Austin 's highest points, the Capitol anchors the northern periphery of the downtown commercial district, and commands a sweeping view towards the Colorado River from its southern façade. The University of Texas ' main campus is situated just four blocks to the north. Wonderful views of the Capitol's dome from many vantage points throughout the Austin area are protected from obscuration by state law.

Completed in 1888 as the winning design from a national competition, the Capitol's style is Renaissance Revival, based on the architecture of 15th-century Italy , and characterized by classical orders, round arches and symmetrical composition. The structural exterior is "sunset red" granite, quarried just 50 miles from the site. Additional structural support is provided by masonry walls and cast iron columns and beams. The foundation is limestone. Texas paid for the construction not in dollars, but in land: some three million acres in the Texas Panhandle that would later become the famous XIT Ranch.

An extraordinary edifice by any measure, the 1888 Texas Capitol is the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols, and is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington , D.C. Like several other state capitols, the 1888 Texas Capitol surpasses the National Capitol in height, rising almost 15 feet above its Washington counterpart.

- State Preservation Board
Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
Goddess of Liberty
Goddess of Liberty
Flags and Goddess of Liberty
Flags and Goddess of Liberty
Six Seals
Six Seals
Lobby
Lobby
Sentinels
Sentinels
Capitol Dome 1
Capitol Dome 1
Capitol Dome 2
Capitol Dome 2
Star of Texas 1
Star of Texas 1
Star of Texas 2
Star of Texas 2
Details
Details
Rotunda
Rotunda
Rotunda 2
Rotunda 2
Rotunda 3
Rotunda 3
Rotunda 4
Rotunda 4
Stair Well 1
Stair Well 1
Stair Well 2
Stair Well 2
Stair Well 3
Stair Well 3
The Rotunda 5
The Rotunda 5
The Rotunda 6
The Rotunda 6
The Rotunda 7
The Rotunda 7
The Rotunda 8
The Rotunda 8
Inside the Dome
Inside the Dome
Capitol at Night 1
Capitol at Night 1
Capitol at Night 2
Capitol at Night 2
Capitol at Night 3
Capitol at Night 3
Capitol at Night 4
Capitol at Night 4
Goddess of Liberty at Night
Goddess of Liberty at Night
Guardian in Silhouette
Guardian in Silhouette
Horseman in Silhouette
Horseman in Silhouette
Horseman
Horseman
Horseman
Horseman
Volunteer Firefighter Tribute
Volunteer Firefighter Tribute
Volunteer Firefighter Tribute
Volunteer Firefighter Tribute
Cannon 1
Cannon 1
Cannon 2
Cannon 2
Cannon 3
Cannon 3
Capitol Fence
Capitol Fence
Twisted
Twisted
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