Wednesday, April 6…continued – Our final stop for the day is the current Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, IL. This building was opened for business in 1877 and has been renovated several times. It was raining all day, hence the drab outside shots.
The Capitol is topped with a 405-foot dome. It is a combination of Renaissance Revival and Second Empire style.
There are four floors in the Capitol.
Marsha loves taking photos of the ceilings in any building. The Capitol had very colorful ceilings throughout the building and beautiful architecture.
Visitors can watch politics in action from balcony level seating and can explore three of the five floors freely. Pictures are permitted except in the Senate and House of Representatives when business is in session.
We were able to watch the Senate in action, but the real action was taking place in the Rotunda Hall. There was a fairly rowdy demonstration taking place by mostly school age children and parents in favor of funding for Public Charter Schools.
We stumbled on another demonstration outside where a group was marching on the Capitol in support of Private Gun Ownership. This group had police cars blocking intersections, and TV crews reporting on their progress. An area in front of the Capitol building was reserved so the demonstrators could voice their opinions to their representatives. We were the last truck to get past the blockade.
Being wet and cold, we called it a day and headed back to the State Fairgrounds campground.
NOTE: We remain very impressed with Springfield, IL. The people are very friendly, the city is neat and clean, and the majority of Lincoln sites of interest are free or at a very reasonable cost.
Yes, yes, yes we know that we are very far behind in our posting. Since we arrived in Canton, Ohio, our summer home, last Sunday, we have been so busy visiting with family and setting up the house for summer, blogging has come last. We hope to finish our post from our Springfield, IL, trip very soon, and maybe catch you up on what we are presently doing.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!