Louisiana's Old State Capitol
Overlooking the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Gothic-style castle stands out in dignity among neighboring buildings. Despite the elegant architecture with impressive turrets, stained-glass windows, and pitched gables, this remarkable structure is more than bricks and iron. The first Louisiana state house is a lasting reminder of what the building once symbolized: the hope for prosperity.
During Louisiana's seminal years, the location of the state capital was the cause of fiery disputes. Originally located in New Orleans, it was relocated to Donaldsonville and eventually moved to Baton Rouge. On October 26, 1847, Baton Rougeans broke ground, commencing the capitol's construction.
Over a century the Old State Capitol and surrounding landscapes have withstood fires, Union control during the Civil War, economic depression, and hurricanes. It served as a venue to galas in support of WWI troops, rallies promoting women's suffrage, and the inauguration of nineteen Louisiana governors. Although it was replaced by the new state capitol building in 1932, the magnificence of the structure remains, serving as a public museum.
- 2009 Carol K. Haase
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