Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wisconsin State Capitol

With all the attention the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison is getting recently, I thought I'd share some of my photographs of it.  Please click on images to enlarge.

Capitol reflected in the Skidmore, Owens & Merrill (SOM) designed First Wisconsin Plaza at dusk.

Reflection in an office building on W. Mifflin Street in late afternoon. Took a bit of subtle maneuvering to get the reflection just the way I wanted.

Interior detail with young lady in red descending stairway.

Rotunda view showing East Gallery wing and Robert M. Lafollette bust.

The Wisconsin State Capitol was designed by George B. Post and Sons in 1906.  The Capitol was begun in late 1906 and finally completed in 1917.  This is by far my favorite building in the world.  The design, materials and workmanship are amazing.

On a note of interest, Madison used to be famous for its Italian restaurants downtown and in the Greenbush neighborhood.  The marvelous stone and marble craftsmen who built the Capitol were mostly from Italy.  They brought their families when they settled in Madison.  Sadly, only a few of these restaurants remain.  One of the best, Paisan's still does.

Todd A. Smith is an architectural photographer in Washington, DC, VA and MD with offices in Alexandria, VA.  For projects in NJ, NY and PA he has a second office in Spring Lake, NJ.

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