Connecticut Capitol

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

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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I went to the Connecticut Capitol today.  After eventually finding the well-hidden parking, I walked over to the building.  It was very welcoming and there were no security checks.  You could just wander in and wander around.

Like most of the state capitols, the Connecticut Capitol is a symmetrical, stone building with a central dome but the style of the building is different from most of them.  The design is in the Eastlake Style, which is a late Victorian period style, with French and Gothic revival elements.  I believe it's also referred to as Victorian Gothic.  Whatever they call it, it's an unusual style.

I wandered around a little and then headed for the tour desk, which is in the Legislative Office Building (LOB), which is a new building next door and connected to the capitol by a tunnel.  Unfortunately, all of the tours were going to include elementary school students.  I waited around a little while until a school bus full of kids arrived and then started the tour.

Among other areas, we went to the Senate and the General Assembly, which are only open for tours.  I couldn't get a decent picture with all the kids.  The guide told me she'd bring me back.  We finished the tour and then came back to photograph these rooms.  I then walked back to the LOB with her.  I took a few pictures in the LOB and then left.  It's a very nice building and is one of my favorites.

I drove to New Haven and found the Frank Pepe Pizzaria.  It is number 21 on the 101 Best Restaurants in America list on The Daily Meal web page.  My pizza was fine but I must admit, with a rating like that I was expecting something better.

I drove to the train station and caught a train to New York City.

After checking into my hotel just off Times Square, I wandered around town for a couple hours.  I wandered by 50 East 50th St.,which used to be Cinquenta, an Italian restaurant, but the building is being torn down.  I wandered by 711 3rd Avenue where I used to work for D&B but they're no longer on the building's directory.  I wandered by the Royalton and their lobby designed by Philippe Starck has been remodeled.  I wandered through Times Square, which now has pedestrian walkways where Broadway used to be.  Lots of things have changed.

I wandered back to my hotel and went to bed.
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