While in Austin, the state capital of Texas, we thought it’d be worthwhile to pay a visit to the state capitol building. It looked quite majestic at night, no?
I forgot pretty much everything that was taught in Texas History class back in 7th grade (Do other states have a history class dedicated to itself?? Just wondering.). So I cheated a little and looked up some facts while writing this post:
“The Texas Capitol is an extraordinary example of late 19th century public architecture…It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 for its ‘significant contribution to American history.'” (SPB)
“Completed in 1888 as the winning design from a national competition, the Capitol’s style is Renaissance Revival, based on the architecture of 15th-century Italy and characterized by classical orders, round arches and symmetrical composition.” (SPB)
Night was definitely the best time to go – no security line and smaller crowds!
With that said, if you go at night, you lose the opportunity to attend tours and learn about the building and its history. Therefore, it didn’t have too much significance for us at the time. We briefly wandered each of the three levels then left. However, while researching online, I found out that self-guided tours were also available. Oops…
Like everything else in Texas, go BIG or go home:
“The 1888 Texas Capitol is the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and is second in total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, D.C. Like several other state capitols, the 1888 Texas Capitol surpasses the National Capitol in height, rising almost 15 feet above its Washington counterpart.” (SPB)
Woohoo, Texas pride!
If I were to go back again, I’d probably go at a time when tours were available. I appreciate a place much more if I can learn something and understand its significance.
Thanks for reading!