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Photo of the Day: Texas Capitol

Posted 21 October, 2008 at 9:30am by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Photography)

The Texas Capitol is a beautiful building. Built in 1888, it was constructed of limestone (foundation), masonry, and cast iron (structural support). The exterior gets its wonderful color from granite quarried only fifty miles from the site. An interesting bit of trivia is that the construction was financed with land instead of money - three million acres that became the XIT Ranch (which operated famously from the late 1880's to the early 1910's). I took this photo from the side, capturing only the western wing and front entrance of the structure. I didn't quite realize how big the building was until I was inside. Turns out the Texas Capitol is the largest of the state capitols (in square footage).
Texas Capitol
Handheld, 1/250 sec at f/13 on ISO 200, 17-35mm f/2.8 lens

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