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Monday, November 10, 2008

That's My World: The Capital of North Carolina



My hometown (Raleigh) is the capital of North Carolina so I thought I'd show you the State Capitol and the State Legislature buildings. The General Assembly met in the Capitol Building until 1963. They now meet in the new legislature building shown in the bottom right shot. The other shots are of the NC State Capitol which was built between 1833 and 1840. Offices of the Governor and Secretary of State remain in this building. The original Raleigh State House was built on the same site in 1796 but it burnt down in 1831 during efforts to fireproof the wooden roof. Workmen were going to use melted zinc to cover the roof of the old State House to make it fireproof. The way the story goes is they melted the zinc in big pots, left to eat lunch, the pots tipped over and caught the building on fire and it burned to the ground. Ah the irony.

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31 comments:

ewok1993 said...

I find this very fitting for tomorrow's veteran's day celebration.

fishing guy said...

Carver: That story was just wonderful and sad at the same times. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

Mojo said...

I hadn't heard the story behind the fire before... I just knew the building had burned down. We should probably coordinate these posts so our worlds don't collide, eh? Not such a problem this week since I got my shot from Down East, but I've got some downtown Raleigh stuff coming out in the next several weeks.

babooshka said...

This is s afabulous post for my world and the time of year.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I should NOT have chuckled, but I'm afraid I must confess that I did. Enjoyable post!

Sara G said...

Beautiful photo's and very interesting story!
Take care!!

imac said...

Looks a very proud building.

Wren said...

I've been there - I was at a meeting in Raleigh and a reception was held in the Capital building. It's lovely inside as well.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and the story of the fire. Thank you also for your comforting words on my blog.

Migs CFL fan said...

Wow I love capitol buildings and yours in no exception. Great pics and Thanks for sharing!

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

said...

Wow, those are beautiful buildings. I wanted to go to your state to see all those antebellums.

i must confess said...

I think we have some buildings like that, but I don't have pictures of it. It's beautiful, those buildings.

Sylvia K said...

Great photos! And interesting history, ironic indeed about the building burning. Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne said...

What a story about the fire. Must be a Murphy's Law thing for sure. Beautiful sunny day for your fine pictures.

Arija said...

Love the way you have brought all the important buildings together.
They compliment each other so well.

mommanator said...

Dont ya just love the architecture in the south!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Great photos ... and good stories. I always say that all houses are haunted, and that's especially the case with old books where the whose who of the historical passed walked the halls.

Yen said...

Beautiful photos,Carver! I'd like to take a stroll in your part of the woods in the future:) I'm sure the place is lovely as what I saw in all of your photos:)

Posted mine, HERE. Have a great day! And thanks for the virtual travel;)

mannanan said...

Great pictures of such majestic buildings.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

What a grand building and how appropriate for Veterans Day

Louise said...

The buildings are all so pretty, both old and new. I like the old ones better, but life doesn't always allow for the old to remain.

Carletta said...

Great post and bit of history Carver.

Gattina said...

At the first glance I thought it was the white house, lol !

Lilli & Nevada said...

what a great city you live in and i agree this is very fitting for tomorrows veterans day

Jedediah said...

Lovely photos and a great story to go with it.

JC said...

Very nice shots and interesting... Happy Birthday!!

Ladynred said...

Interesting and informative post. love the buildings and beautiful shots.

Pernille said...

Thank you for the wonderful and sad story. It was very interesting. The photos is very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your world with us. No I'm learning more from your corner of the world:)

Dirk said...

Nice contribution, like the building, great pictures

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Incredible story about the NC State House -- and yes, very ironic. Thank you for the tour.

mirage2g said...

Oh, sorry to hear about their trouble. but now the building stood proud after all!

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