Vermont State House

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Friday, October 14, 2011

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I went to the Vermont Capitol, or, as they prefer to call it, the Vermont State House, today.  Like most capitols, it's a neo-classical, symmetrical, stone building with a central dome.  However, when you go inside there's no Rotunda.  The inside of the dome is completely hidden although the Senate Chamber is below the dome and is also round.  The space above the Senate Chamber and below the dome is used for storage.

It's small as capitols go.  It was restored fairly recently and looks pretty good.  The gold dome, which was painted when the building was first built, was later gilded and must have been re-gilded as part of the restoration because it looks very good now.  The flower beds in front of and the hillside behind the capitol are also quite attractive.

I took a tour of the capitol and then spent some time taking pictures before heading for Bar Harbor, ME.  It was a seven-hour drive of rain, fog, damaged roads and detours from the recent floods and plenty of out-of-town drivers looking for colorful foliage that didn't know where they were going.  I eventually made it to Bar Harbor and got a room.

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