16 November, 2008

Iowa State Capitol Postcard

The postcard shows the Iowa State Capitol and the Pioneer Statuary Group. The Iowa State Capitol is located in the Iowa capital of Des Moines at East 9th Street and Grand Avenue. Designed by John C. Cochrane and Alfred H. Piquenard and constructed between 1871 and 1886, the French Baroque Revival building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Iowa State Capitol Postcard

* Year completed: 1886
* Original cost: $2,873,294.59

The capitol is the only five domed state capitol in the US. Both front and back porticoes have pediments supported by six Corinthian columns each. The dome, constructed of steel and brick, is gilded in tissue-paper thin sheets of pure 23-karat gold. A belvedere on top of the large dome features a golden lantern at the top. In addition, four smaller golden lanterns are each attached to copper-covered domes at every corner of the building.

The Pioneer Statuary Group can also be seen in the picture. It depicts a father and son in search of an Iowa home, guided by a Native American.

SOURCES:
Iowa State Capitol Wikipedia Entry
The Iowa General Assembly Capitol Tour

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