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.

14 comments:

biebkriebels said...

It is nice to have a tour through the building with you as a guide, thanks for sharing.

Tanya said...

wow, 24 fireplaces!

Jim Klenke said...

If I had to sit in that chair all day, I would pass whatever they wanted and get out of there.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Modernization with steam radiators. Times have changed. I an really enjoying this series.

By the way, Sharon showed a photo today of the Arizona State Capitol. I like Florida's better, but you can see the modern office building that Arizona, like Florida, unfortunately built behind the Capitol dome.

Lois Evensen said...

I am still loving the tour with you. I have to laugh about the "old" steam radiators. We had the same in my school when I was a kid. They did get covers for them so we wouldn't hurt ourselves, but that is what we had. ;)

Kate said...

I'm enjoying this series of yours. It is interesting to see and then contrast it with other state capitols. Yours is so sleek and modern-looking.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Interesting. I'm old enough that I remember radiators. I hated them.

Pam said...

I'm enjoying your pictorial history tour. We Floridians have a lot to be proud of don't we.

hugs,
Pam

*I pray your loved ones will be spared and harm or destruction, Lois.

Lucy the Cat said...

I love history. I love fireplaces too. Too bad they didn't keep them. Old brick fireplaces are so neat. Maybe they kept a few. I wouldn't think they'd need heat very often there, but I'm not too familiar with the weather in Florida.

I love that painting of George!

JM said...

The top shot reminds me of my primary school. :-) Love the composition in the middle.

Fru Tunheim said...

Thank you for the guided tour. I guess that rdiators was very modern at that time...

Jack said...

The desks in the first picture look like the ones in my grade school, and the radiators are like the ones that are STILL in my 1925 house in West Hartford!

Leif Hagen said...

Fun to see the old desks and radiator! We had radiators in our first house in St. Paul built in 1938!
I hope Hurricane Irene isn't affecting you too much, Lois!

Lois said...

No hurricane here Leif, in fact it is very hot (101 degrees), windy and dry today!