Kentucky's State Capitol (Images of America)

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Kentucky’s magnificent capitol building was constructed in the industrious early 20th century, considered the age of conspicuous consumption. Architect Frank Mills Andrews designed the striking 403-foot-long Beaux Arts edifice, faced with sublime Indiana limestone and Vermont granite and surrounded with 70 monolithic columns. Nearly five years of construction followed the August 14, 1905, ground-breaking, and an estimated 20,000 proud Kentuckians and dignitaries were present for the pomp and circumstance that surrounded the June 2, 1910, dedication of the $1.8-million “New Kentucky Home.” Kentucky’s landmark capitol building forever changed the landscape of Frankfort, its capital city, while presenting the commonwealth a monument to its progress since statehood in 1792.

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Author David L. Buchta is the Kentucky Division of Historic Properties director and state curator. He selected these historic photographs, many of which have never been in print, from institutions across the commonwealth to reveal the capitol’s dignified story in honor of its centennial celebration. Images of America: Kentucky’s State Capitol is a testimonial befitting the commonwealth’s most significant landmark and architectural treasure.

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Title: New book shows construction of Kentucky's Capitol

Author: Tom Eblen

Publisher: Lex

Date: 6/6//10
Kentucky celebrated the centennial of the state Capitol's completion this weekend with a gala, family activities and the dedication of new murals above the rotunda.
The Capitol also is being celebrated in a new book with never-before-published photographs taken during construction of the massive limestone, marble and granite building on what was then farmland south of downtown Frankfort.
The book, Kentucky's State Capitol (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99), was put together by David L. Buchta, state curator and director of the Kentucky Division of Historic Properties. He is donating all sale proceeds to the division's endowment fund, which helps pay for conservation and acquisition of artifacts for Kentucky's most treasured state buildings.
Most of the book's content comes from the Kentucky Historical Society's photo archives, and from Frankfort architect Scot Walters' collection of antique postcards.
The century-old Capitol replaced three previous ones, the first two of which burned, in 1813 and 1824. They also were on the site of what is now known as the Old Capitol ― architect Gideon Shryock's Greek Revival masterpiece, built between 1827 and 1832.
Visitors today marvel at the "new" Capitol's Beaux Arts magnificence, designed by architect Frank Mills Andrews with a dome modeled after the one over Napoleon's tomb in Paris.
But the building is even more impressive when you look at the photographs of its construction, between 1906 and 1910. Most of the labor was by hand. Photos show men with shovels, horse-drawn wagons and manual cranes. The only thing resembling modern machinery is a steam-powered cement mixer.
The book's only text is a two-page overview of Kentucky's early history, and long captions on each photo that make for a quick but fascinating read. For example, Hoosier haters might be horrified to know that the Capitol's exterior is Indiana limestone. It was, after all, the low bid.
Other photos show groups of the Capitol's anonymous craftsmen, interiors of fancy rooms and candid photos of early bureaucrats and legislators who occupied the marble halls.
There also are some great photos of governors giving speeches and posing with 1930s beauty queens in bathing suits. After all, any good history of Kentucky's Capitol can't just deal with architecture; it must include a little politics and sex, too.

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