Friday, August 26, 2011
House of Representatives
The restored 1902 House of Representatives chamber in the old Florida Capitol looks very much like the Senate chamber I showed yesterday, so I decided to show a few different shots with more detail. The first picture shows a reproduction of one of the 68 desks used by the Representatives. In the second shot you can see the original Speaker's bench in the front of the chamber. The third picture shows an original old Capitol steam radiator. Before 1903, heat for the Capitol was provided by 24 brick fireplaces, four of them in the House of Representatives chamber. A complete new steam heating system was ordered during the expansion of the building in 1902 and was in place when the first Legislative session began in 1903. The House received 12 radiators like this one.