Fridge Magnet Depiction of Tennessee State Capitol West Side
The Tennessee State Capitol is an important building of the state: it serves as the home of the legislature of Tennessee, the office of the governor and is also a National Historic Landmark. William Strickland designed this building in Greek architectural style making this structure an apt example of Greek Revival architecture. An interesting feature about this state capitol is that it does not have a dome which is a significant feature of most state capitol buildings. You can see a vivid photograph of the west side of the Tennessee State Capitol on the acrylic fridge magnet above which is an apt keepsake of this building.
Design of the Building
William Strickland was given the task of designing the Tennessee State Capitol and he decided it to design it in Greek architectural style. The state capitol resembles with the design of a Greek Ionic temple and boasts a stunning and unique design. The lantern in the building is a replica of the famous Choragic Monument of Lysicrates located in Athens. There are different statues located in the Tennessee State Capitol including a marvelous sculpture of Andrew Jackson riding a horse.
Construction of the Tennessee State Capitol
The first cornerstone of the building was laid on 4 July 1985. The construction project took around fourteen long years and was completed in 1859. William Strickland passed away almost 5 years prior to the complete establishment of the building; his tomb is built in the northeast wall of the building. The establishment task was then taken over by Strickland's son, F. W. Strickland. Limestone was used to construct the exterior as well as the interior of the state capitol; a couple of columns inside were made using single units of stone, and required huge derricks of wood to hold them together. Wrought iron was used to create the roof trusses and this feature helps the building combat against fire. This building is declared as a civil engineering landmark by the renowned American Society of Civil Engineers because of its creative construction and style.