The Architectural and Historical Regality of Arkansas State Capitol
The Arkansas State Capitol building is the seat of the government of Arkansas. It is located in Little Rock and its magnificent design was inspired by that of the Montana State Capital. The conceptualization of this spectacular building came to light in 1899 and was the brainchild of renowned St. Louis architect George R Mann. The Arkansas State Capital took a total of 16 years to construct. Work began in 1899 and was completed in 1915. The building was established on the site of the state's penitentiary and the prison inmates helped to build it. The acrylic fridge magnet displays a riveting image of the Arkansas State Capitol and is the perfect holiday souvenir to add to your collection.
Memorials and Monuments at Arkansas State Capital
The Arkansas State Capitol buildings illustrious past and present are deftly manifested in its invaluable collection of memorials and monuments. They include the Confederate War Prisoners Memorial, Arkansas Medal of Honor Memorial, Monument to Confederate Women, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and many more.
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The foundations of the building were initially aligned incorrectly by its original builder Governor George Donaghey. Instead of aligning the building east-west like all the other tenements in Little Rock, he built it facing north-south. The error resulted from the fact that the original design of the building was based on the placement of the penitentiary walls, which were not demolished. Due to this design anomaly, the State Capitol building did not conform to the prevailing grid street pattern of downtown Little Rock. The impressive exterior facade of the building is made of limestone. The total cost of construction was an estimated 2.2$ million, which in present times would have amounted to at least 320$ million. The imposing doors at the entrance are made of bronze that were originally sourced from Tiffany's in New York for a sum of 10,000$. The dome is composed of 24-carat gold leaf, which is also one of the building's crowning features.