24 September 2008

Inspiration. The State Capitol. Pennsylvania.

Dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

No. This is not the same building. In fact, they are not even in close proximity to one another nor do they serve a similar purpose.

Upon a recent visit to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, I had the pleasure of experiencing the Most Excellent architecture of the state's Capitol building. Since its construction in 1906, the Capitol has remained a "palace of art" as envisioned by its creator, architect Joseph M. Huston.

The state Capitol was architecturally inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, and many consider it the pinnacle of the Commonwealth as the finest state capitol building in the United States. The brilliantly restored rotunda and Senate and House of Representatives Chambers are particularly exquisite spaces adorned with marble, murals, gold leaf and stained glass.

In Huston's original concept of the Capitol, he strove to unite architecture, sculpture and painting into an interpretation of Pennsylvania's rich southeast.

Dome of the State Capitol of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA.

Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

The State of Pennsylvania's Capitol Building in Harrisburg.

Saint Peter's Basilica.