Pennsylvania’s Capitol

Pennsylvania's CapitolPENNSYLVANIA’S Capitol is a memorable American Renaissance edifice. Situated on a knoll within view of the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, the domed structure blends architecture, sculpture and art to present a unified vision of the Keystone State. To create this magnificent harmony, architect Joseph M. Huston selected fine Pennsylvania artists. They depicted both the history and achievements of the Commonwealth as well as its ideals.

This book presents 80 color photographs of the Capitol’s paintings, stained glass and ornately decorated spaces. Its pages show the home of Pennsylvania’s government and tell how it came to be such a magnificent treasure chest.

Pennsylvanians rightly prize their domed Capitol building which is situated prominently on a rise in the heart of Harrisburg. When people climb the 45 steps from Third Street to the bronze doors of the main entrance on the west façade, they sense the grandeur of its American Beaux Arts style which echoes the ornate classicism of past centuries. The colossal granite structure embraces the varied European influences that united in the architecture of the American Renaissance.”—Excerpt from Chapter 1

Written by Ruth Seitz. Photography by Blair Seitz. Foreword by Ruthann Hubbert-Kemper. Published by RB Books in 1995

isbn: 1-879441-95-0, HC, 8 1/2 in. x 11 in., 80 photos, 80 pages

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