Austin, Texas – Capitol Building

Austin, Texas - Dome Interior

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

Here is a photo of the interior dome at the Texas State Capitol Building –  in my hometown of Austin.  This is probably my favorite place to visit in Austin.  I enjoy stopping by downtown for some photographs once or twice a year.  I’d like to go again soon.  This time to try an IR (Infrared) shot of the building and of course and couple more HDR’s.  You can check an earlier post I made of an HDR of the exterior of the building. 

Here is some history of the capitol building – The Capitol Building was completed in 1888 as a winning design in a national competition. It took seven years to build at a cost of $3.74 Million dollars.  The architecture is based upon 15th century Italian designs with round arches and a symmetrical composition. The Texas Capitol building is one of the largest in gross square footage of all state capitols and is second in overall total size only to the National Capitol in Washington, DC. In 1993 the the building underwent at $75 million underground extension. On top of the dome is a staue of the Goddess of Liberty.  There are 22 acres of surrounding grounds.  The grounds contain 17 monuments.  The four oldest monuments are; Heroes of the Alamo, Volunteer Fireman, Confederate Soliders and Terry’s Texas Rangers.

It is a very impressive sight in Austin.  As you drive down Congress Avenue the building lies straight ahead.  Austin is famous for segway tours – I am sure they have one of the grounds!  You can walk around inside the building and when you get to the interior of the dome look up and he picture above is what you will see!    I have yet to take a full tour, but will do it soon!  If you plan to visit Austin one day – this should be stop #1!   Have a great day Y’all!