Talk:Texas State Capitol

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Proper name[edit]

There has been some contention about the official name of the Texas Capitol. I believe it should just be the "Texas Capitol," as referenced by the TSHA (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ccc01), welcome signs posted around the building, and historical documents pertaining to its construction.

To say "Texas State Capitol" may be an honest attempt to link it to other state capitols throughout the U.S., but can be viewed as patronizing and diminuitizing when it's already obvious that Texas is a state. (This is equivalent to saying "the U.S. Federal Capitol" in Washington. That would be awkward.)

But what really boggles me is the frequent use of "Texas State Capitol Building." A capitol (spelled with an "o") is, by dictionary definition, a building. This triple redundancy is often printed in maps and tour guides.

I suggest we edit the article to reflect the simplest, and most historically legitimate, name of the building. 204.65.0.20 (talk) 17:47, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Different Colours?[edit]

Does anyone know why the dome appears to be quite a few shades lighter than the main structure of the building (or is the picture just projecting a false difference through lighting)? I've never seen the building in person, so just curious. CanadianMist 22:22, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Its just the lighting in the picture. I used to live and work in Austin and saw the State Capital every day.--Tomtom9041 14:07, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

The dome is painted. It is constructed of iron. Though it can appear to match the pink granite under certain lighting conditions, it usually looks lighter because the iron surface is smooth, and the paint color only mimics the color of the granite, which can look lighter or darker depending on it's texture (rough or polished) and angle to the sun. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.155.97.99 (talk) 03:49, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Tallest?[edit]

The claim that the Texas State Capitol is the tallest capitol building in the US is directly contradicted by the article on the Louisiana State Capitol and I think that if anyone were to look at the picture accompanying that article, it would be clear which article was in error. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.187.111.152 (talk) 20:26, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

It is not the tallest - the Louisiana State Capitol building is taller by 142 feet. Louisiana's is 450 feet tall http://www.crt.state.la.us/tourism/capitol/capitol.htm and Texas' is 308 feet tall http://www.house.state.tx.us/resources/history.htm —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.132.143.214 (talk) 13:30, 29 October 2008 (UTC)

Cornerstone Leveling[edit]

Traditionally, during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, state capitol building cornerstones and courthouse cornerstones, as well as the cornerstones of most government buildings, schools and other publicly owned buildings, were leveled (not "laid") by the Masonic Grand Lodges in the respective states. I know that George Washington leveled the cornerstones for both the national capitol and the whitehouse with Masonic ceremonies with a large assemblage of Masonic dignitaries on hand. Often, there is wording on one side of a cornerstone that states that it was leveled by the state grand lodge on a given date, etc.

I am pretty certain that the cornerstone for the Texas Capitol was leveled by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas. I should think it would be a matter of historic record what organization leveled it and who presided over those ceremonies. Should that not be a part of this article? PGNormand (talk) 23:59, 12 March 2009 (UTC)

If you can find the relevant information, then by all means it should be added. Don't forget to document sources. ;) --Ferrariguy90 (talk) 16:19, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Not the biggest capitol building either[edit]

It's also not the biggest at 360,000 square feet, as this contradicts what's written on the Florida State Capitol wiki which lists the square footage of one of two capitol buildings (the new capitol building) at 718,000 square feet [1]. Between the erroneous claims of "tallest" and "largest", this page is written with Texas pride rather than facts. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.203.107.70 (talk) 00:24, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

  • That wasn't referenced, so I just went ahead and deleted it. WhisperToMe (talk) 07:24, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

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