This morning, we drove to Frankfort to tour Kentucky’s State Capitol … the tenth capitol building we’ve visited and the eighth on this trip … the fourth permanent building since statehood in 179, built to replace the earlier 1830 capitol.
The architect was Frank Mills Andrews, a proponent of the Beaux-Arts style, many striking architectural features and opulent decorative finishes in Kentucky’s Capitol illustrate his penchant for classical French interiors.
The elegance of the Capitol’s interior was largely achieved by the generous use of white Georgia marble, gray Tennessee marble and dark green Italian marble. On axis with the rotunda, the grand corridors feature 36 imposing columns of Vermont granite
and delicate art glass skylights.
The staircases, for example, are replicas of those of the Opéra Garnier in Paris.
The first floor contains the offices of the governor
(and his staff), secretary of state, and attorney general. It also features a collection of dolls of the state’s First Ladies from
a rotunda with statues of famous Kentuckians
And in the center of the Rotunda
The second floor contains the courtroom of the State Supreme Court
as well as the Legislative Reception Room.
The chambers of the House of Representatives
and Senate face each other on opposite ends of the third floor.
Decorative lunettes above each staircase highlight the entrances to the House and Senate chambers. Painted in oils by T. Gilbert White, both depict frontier scenes with Daniel Boone.
Just before leaving the State Capitol Building we again looked up at the interior of the dome
and then realized that it was changing colors several times a minute.
We walked over the Governor’s Executive Mansion
with its unparalleled view of the Capitol.
Unfortunately, it was closed to the afternoon, thus a tour for another visit to the area.
Returning to our car, we passed the 34 foot (diameter) Floral Clock
Which was undergoing some routine maintenance. However, I did find a photograph of what it looks like most of the spring through the fall.
We next drove across the Kentucky River to see the Historic section of the City and the Old State Capitol Building, which is not open to the public except at certain times … today was not one of them. One interesting anecdote, William Goebel,
one of the last governors to work out of the Old Capitol was assassinated in the building
We did, however, enjoy our lunch on a brick-paved St. Clair Street.
Along which some of the architecture of the old, preserved buildings was very interesting
as well as a seemingly out-of-place building mural.
We then set out to locate the African-American Greenhill Cemetery, the only monument in the state honor the nearly 25,000 Kentuckians who served in the Unites States Colored troops
It’s a bit tragic that the entrance to this cemetery requires one of wind their way between two rundown strip malls.
We then visited the Frankfort Cemetery where the remains of Daniel and Rebecca Boone are interred.
Our next stop was the state’s Vietnam Memorial; perhaps one of the most unique and scientifically well thought out monuments we’ve ever seen.
The memorial is in the form of a sundial with the names placed so that the tip of the gnomon’s shadow touches each man’s name on the month and year of his death, thus giving each fallen warrior his own personal memorial day.
The circle of stones around the base of the gnomon are inscribed with the verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – “For everything there is a season …”
The Flagpoles are 35′ high and are located 10′ to each side of the True North line.
Our trip back to Nicholsville and dinner with Kathy took us along several narrow roads with no shoulders and incredibly fast 55 MPH speed limits