Book Review : Architecture/US History
Fifty State Capitols: The Architecture of Representative Government
Elements common to the ideal American state capitol are a prominent site with manicured grounds; legislative chambers in opposing wings; public galleries with views of each legislative chamber; a temple-like entrance; and a central dome or tower covering a majestic central space known as the rotunda. The architects who designed the buildings-including Thomas Jefferson, Charles Bulfinch, Elijah Myers, and Cass Gilbert-looked for forms and features symbolic of democracy, finding them most often in ancient Greece and Rome.
Jim Stembridge visited each of America's state capitols to document the elements that Jefferson, Bulfinch, Meyers, Gilbert, and other designers put into their works.
Coho Publishing; Salem, OR; www.fiftystatecapitols.com; 128 pgs; Paperback; $27.95 (June 2011) ISBN-10: 0983029202