Tennessee State Capitol
Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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I first headed for the Tennessee State Capitol. When trying to find the capitol, you can tell it's the building you're looking for. It's symmetrical and is built in Greek Revival style as are many of the state capitols. This one is unusual, however, in not having a dome. It was completed in 1859 making it one of the older surviving state capitols.
Most capitols were built to house the Governor's Office, State Supreme Court and the Legislature and this capitol is no exception. And, as has happened in most capitols, the need for space has increased and someone had to move out. In the case of Tennessee, it was the Supreme Court.
It was a very busy day at the capitol. A group was having a luncheon in the library. A band put on a short concert. Many groups were posing with the governor. I was able to join a small tour group. The group size was very important. Since the only stairs were blocked by the groups posing with the governor and since the lone elevator is small, only the small tour groups were able to see the House and Senate chambers on the upper floor.
The House and Senate chambers are nice but not particularly grand. The Former State Library, on the same floor, was my favorite room.
After my capitol visit I drove to St. Louis, MO.