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Capitol of Light

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 28 April 2015 in Architecture and Portfolio.

When looking up into the dome, we can see some of the windows and skylights the architect, John E. Tourtellotte, designed into the building to make the best use of natural light. For him, light was a metaphor for an enlightened and moral state government. Remember, this was 1905, after all, when people seemed to actually think like this. Mr Tourtellotte wrote, "The great white light of conscience must be allowed to shine and by its interior illumination make clear the path of duty."

The oculus, in the center of the dome, has 13 large stars representing the 13 original colonies. The 43 smaller stars represent Idaho's admission, in 1890, as the 43rd state in the Union.

Idaho State Capitol
Boise, Idaho

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

OOOH! a breathtaking view!

28 Apr 2015 5:30am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Fascinating how it becomes a statement of those beliefs in so many ways . .

28 Apr 2015 7:09am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

bel angle

28 Apr 2015 7:20am

Devi from Chennai, India

wonderful angle...and a great view!!!!

28 Apr 2015 10:30am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful dome

28 Apr 2015 1:13pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I like all of the repeating circle shapes. Great shot.

28 Apr 2015 1:34pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Well composed. I like it

28 Apr 2015 1:41pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A stunning composition with a great PoV, excellent detail, and gorgeous architectural elements!! 5*****

28 Apr 2015 6:04pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Another great perspective from this impressive location.

28 Apr 2015 9:28pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Telescopic view

28 Apr 2015 11:24pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Superb POV, Steve ---- lots of magnificent details. - Kindest regards Monika

29 Apr 2015 11:52am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


29 Apr 2015 3:36pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautiful :-)

30 Apr 2015 1:26am

JCJ from Troyes, France

well framed

30 Apr 2015 8:49am