State Houses: America'S 50 State Capitol Buildings
Publish Date: 2005-09-12
Author: Susan Thrane
A magnificent celebration of America's state capitol buildings.
These glorious buildings are, in the author's words, the homes of history, where laws are passed, where democracy is enacted, where history is written. Though each state capitol bears some similarity to the other forty-nine, each in its architecture and design reflects uniquely the pride of its state, both culturally and historically.
For this unprecedented project, photographer Tom Patterson traveled to each of America's fifty state capitals to capture the architectural beauty and dignity of its capitol building in glorious large-format color images.
Writer Susan W. Thrane reveals fascinating details about each capitol building's beginnings:
the events surrounding construction
background on its architects and builders
dimensions and costs
primary features and main rooms
unique furnishings and works of art.
The book also discusses important moments in the history of each building and the state itself, including: