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Mar. 5th, 2017 | 04:51 pm

So Roger Williams peaced out of Massachusetts and founded this lovely place.

As promised in my last entry, here are photos from the latest installment of the State Capitols project: Rhode Island! It was more photogenic than I was expecting, so I wish I'd gotten more than just portrait-oriented iPhone snaps. Ah, well.


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They're always on a hill. #cardio

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The approach looks flat, but it very much is not!

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The dome, which is basically impossible to get all in one photo.



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Below the dome.

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I would like to speak to the architect ...

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Senate Chamber.

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House Chamber.

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Excellent custom carpet, which I've found to be correlated with having a local textile industry presence!

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Upholstery, too!

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If The Shining took place in a marble building.


I'm now up to 10 out of 50, and have tentative plans to see #11 later this spring, so State Capitols Project is coming along!

I love guestbooks.


And I am learning a great deal about the buildings and their uses, as expected. To update you if you've been following along or are new to my LJ, I have now visited:
  • Columbus, OH
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Lansing, MI
  • Carson City, NV
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Columbia, SC
  • Olympia, WA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Providence, RI


Now that I've been to a good chunk of them, I can attach some superlatives to my visits. Rhode Island definitely wins at:


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Worst pedestrian access. I dutifully followed a path across the common from downtown Providence to the building and it ended in the middle of a parking lot.

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Thickest doors. My leg included for scale.

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Best bathrooms! It was a little odd to be photographing the men's room, but I could not resist given how lovely it was. If I win the Powerball, I think I will commission an all-marble bathroom with skylights and 12-foot ceilings. :)


The only disappointment about this visit is that I have no clue where the cornerstone is, though according to my magical history book it does exist. Possibly it isn't labeled?

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Muriel

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from: brittdreams
date: Mar. 6th, 2017 12:40 am (UTC)
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I've seen the building but never went inside. It looks amazing.

Also, I've been to a lot of the same state capitol cities you have, though I haven't been in most of the actual capitol buildings.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 9th, 2017 03:25 am (UTC)
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The interiors are super opulent! Glad I decided to tour on this trip.

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