Monday, August 22, 2011
Florida Historic Capitol Museum
Recently I spent an afternoon exploring the Florida's old Capitol in downtown Tallahassee and for the next few days I am going to take you on a tour of this lovely old building. One of the first things anyone notices from the outside are the red and white striped awnings on the windows. Most people either love them or hate them and I admit I wasn't too fond of them when they first appeared after the building was restored, but now they have kind of grown on me. The old state Capitol has been standing on this same site since 1845, but it underwent many changes through the years, until the newer 20 story building which you can see standing behind it was completed in 1977. From 1978-1982, the old Capitol was restored to its 1902 appearance and those awnings are authentic to that period. This intensive project of historical, architectural and archaeological investigation made Florida’s Capitol one of the most thoroughly documented capitol restoration projects in the nation. I would love to hear your opinion of those awnings. Love them or hate them?