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Des Moines Iowa - Iowa State Capitol - Rotunda

Des Moines Iowa - Iowa State Capitol - Rotunda

The architectural design of the Capitol, rectangular in form, with great windows and high ceilings, follows the traditional pattern of 19th century planning for public buildings. A modified and refined Renaissance style gives the impression of strength and dignity combined with utility.

The commanding feature is the central towering dome constructed of iron and brick and covered with 23 carat gold. The gold leafing was replaced in 1964-1965 at a cost of $79,938. The dome is surmounted by a lookout lantern that may be reached by long and winding stairs, and it terminates in a finial that is 275 feet above the ground floor. The rotunda beneath the dome is 67 feet in diameter. Four smaller domes of simple design rise from the four corners of the Capitol
Built:1871 - 1886
Architect:John C. Cochrane,
Alfred H. Piquenard
NRHP Reference#:76000799

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Photo prise @ Des Moines le 29 août 2003 (© Onasill ~ Bill Badzo - 54M View - Thank You / Flickr)

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