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South Carolina State House, Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Construction on the South Carolina State House started in 1855 but because of the American Civil War, the building’s main structure did not become functional until nearly the end of the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era in 1875. The exterior was officially finished in 1907. There are six bronze stars on the west and southwest walls of the building to mark where cannon fire damaged the structure in 1865 during the Civil War.

Built in the Greek Revival architectural style, the capitol building encompasses 130,673 square feet (12,140 square meters). Architect John M. Niernsee and later his son, Frank McHenry Niernsee were chiefly responsible for the design and work. The portico columns were each carved from a single piece of stone and may be the largest monolithic stone columns on a public building in America.

The State House accommodates the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s offices, the Senate and House chambers. The building contains many statues, paintings and other works of art as well as items of historical importance to the State of South Carolina.

The monument at the bottom of the stairs is a statue honoring the first president of the United States, George Washington. Beyond that, is the tall Confederate Soldier Monument where Gervais Street intersects Main Street.

The Building was officially recognized by the United States government as a national Historic Landmark in 1973. The Capitol Building is part of the Capitol Area Historic District. The building is open to the public and walk in tours are welcomed and encouraged.

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Copyright: Tom Sadowski
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Taken: 19/01/2017
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Tags: corinthian; state capitol; confederacy; government building; stairs
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