|Some of the statuary on the outside of the building.|
|View down Wisconsin Ave - Lake Mendota in the background.|
|View down Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive - Lake Monona in the|
Today's capitol is the third structure on the site. A territorial capitol was hastily built in 1837. Twenty years later, after Wisconsin had become a state, the capitol was rebuilt and a dome was added. Still not large enough, the capitol was expanded to four wings 15 years later. However, the capitol burned in 1904 and was rebuilt between 1906 and 1917.
|The detail within the capitol is amazing - even the door knobs with the state's seal are ornate.|
|A mosaic in the rotunda - before restoration...|
|... and after restoration.|
Stephans told us that the German artist who restored the mosaics always had just the right piece of glass that was needed!
|Underside of the dome - as seen from the floor of the rotunda.|
|"Forward" in her current home.|
|When I was working at the Society's Foundation,|
we thought "Forward" needed to celebrate
the holiday season!
A building as beautiful as our state capitol should not be missed. Stop in the next time you happen to wander to Madison. Take one of the free capitol tours that are offered daily.