Capitol Glass

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Rotunda dome in the House of Representatives

 

I’ve always loved stained glass whether it is in a church or a public building.  Just like with quilts it is the colors and shapes that pull my eyes to it.  I don’t know which came first – my love of quilts or my love of stained glass.  I see quilts in stained glass and I see stained glass in quilts!

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Panels on the lower circumference of the rotunda dome in the Senate Chamber

 

On my recent trip I visited the (New) Mississippi State Capitol twice.  The first time I did the self-guided tour and afterwards realized that I needed the guided tour to see everything, so I returned again at a time when I could catch the tour.  I’m so glad I did because this building and its stained glass is something to behold!

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This is the ceiling of one of the hallways.  I knew I would fall on my face if I tried to walk while looking up, so I just stopped!

These three panels at the top of the Capitol’s main staircase recently were removed and underwent an extensive renovation.  I vaguely remember seeing them on a previous visit to the Capitol in December 2002 and they were rather dull.  They still caught my eye and I commented on them to my Dad and he agreed that they were quite impressive.  There were a lot of people in the Capitol that day so I couldn’t get too close.

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These three panels were designed by Louise Millet of Chicago and are located on the first landing of the grand staircase. They represent three iconic figures of the state: the American Indian, Mississippi, and the pioneer.  They were hard to photograph because of their location, but I did get this detail of the pioneer – isn’t he still handsome after all these  years?

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