State Capitol and Legislative Building Tour
December 18, 2017 - 8:15 am
The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark. It originally housed the governor’s office, cabinet offices, legislative chambers, state library and state geologist’s office. The building has been restored to its 1840 – 1865 appearance.
The North Carolina Legislative Building though not an imitation of historic classical architectural styles, the building is classical in character. Rising from a broad 340-foot wide podium of North Carolina granite, the marble-faced building proper is encompassed by a colonnade of square columns reaching from the podium to the main roof of the second floor.
As visitors enter from the south (Jones Street), they cross a 28-foot diameter terrazzo mosaic of the great Seal of the State of North Carolina. From this main entrance, the red-carpeted main staircase leads directly to the third floor where the visitor may view the Senate and House Chambers, enter the auditorium, or enter the roof area.
After our tour, we will enjoy lunch at Winston’s Grille in North Raleigh.
Reservations are requested by Thursday, December 14 at 9am