The Iowa State Capitol and Its Imperial Five Domes
The Iowa State Capitol is a grandeur building that is the seat of the government of Iowa. Located in the capital city of Des Moines, it is situated aloft a hill and houses the office of the governor, the Iowa Senate, the Iowa House of Representatives and the offices of the attorney general along with those of the secretary of state, auditor and treasurer. It is renowned for being the only capitol building with five domes in the country and was built between 1871 and 1886. The Capitol offers a panoramic view of West Capital Terrace and the city's downtown area. The building is as famous for its monuments as it is for its political stature. Among the iconic monuments on display include the Lincoln and Tad statue and the spectacular Soldiers and Sailors monument. The acrylic fridge magnet manifests a statuesque frontal image of the State Capitol Building and makes for the perfect holiday souvenir to add to your collection.
The Architectural Regality of Iowa State Capitol
The architectural design of the State Capitol building exudes a distinct 19th century aesthetic fused with a neo Renaissance style. The crowning feature of the building is its towering central dome that is composed of 23 carat gold. Surmounting the dome, is a lookout lantern that can be reached by ascending a long and winding set of stairs. Adjacent to the central dome are four smaller domes that spire up from the four corners of the building.
The Splendiferous Interiors of the Building
The interior arrangements of the building are just as spectacular as its magnificent exteriors. It is defined by wide lofty corridors juxtaposed with ornate walls and chambers decorated with the finest imported marble and Iowa wood. A total of 29 types of marble and Iowa wood ranging from cherry, walnut, butternut, oak and catalpa were used to create its enchanting interior decor.