Minnesota State Capitol

By: KJ

Jan 22 2009

Category: photography


Focal Length:6.1999998092651mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

A photographer whose work I love to check out since I started my own photo blog months ago, came up with a great idea for a photo challenge this week.  Here’s my entry….  Check out his work and perhaps jump in on this challenge yourself!

On a not so chilly January day.  It was 23 degrees out today, which gave me the perfect opportunity to head over to my old stomping grounds and get a shot.  Unfortunately, there was also a protest getting ready to start, so I had to work fast.

I looked up a little history of our capitol building and found a great quote that I loved.  The capitol was designed by an architect named Cass Gilbert, who was only 35 years old at the time he won a contest to design the new state capitol building, in 1893.  Gilbert was supposed to have said, about his new role, “We live in an age that has the fad to credit men with ‘specialties.’ . . . In art there should be no ‘specialists.’ . . . In the old days, the architect, painter and sculptor were frequently one and the same man. There is no reason why they should not be so now.”

7 comments on “Minnesota State Capitol”

  1. Wow! Didn’t expect to something up so fast. Great work and interesting facts about your state’s capitol building.

  2. Oh, and thanks for the pingback, too!

  3. Nice shot of the Capitol. Must have been some time since the snow with the streets dry as they are.

  4. great idea! thanks for the inspired link. nice wide shot of the building. and love the history! it would be nice if in today’s society specialists were not the standard cuz then i’d be set instead of jumping around trying to find my specialty. ;p hehee.

  5. wow! that is an impressive state capital building – thanks for sharing

  6. […] Jones started things off with her entry about the Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul. The feisty architect of the building was quite the […]

  7. Nice building! I wonder what it looks like at night?

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