Capitol

So, not mentioned in my last post was the fact that, before going to Myrtles Plantation, we’d tried to go to the Louisiana State Capitol Building. Not that we were prevented from going or anything – it’s open to the public. (Though, admittedly, the fact that the main doors are blocked off is a bit foreboding.) The problem was more that it was very rainy, and we figured that the view from the top wouldn’t be the best through the clouds.

So instead we put it off for the next day. The weather was a bit better then – still cloudy, but not rainy and gross, and the clouds actually made it better, in my opinion.

The Louisiana State Capitol Building was constructed in the 1930s, and it looks like something out of Gotham City. It’s very cool. Photos below the fold.

This is the 'featured image' up above but I'm putting it in here so you can see the whole thing for certain. Isn't it a fun picture?
This is the ‘featured image’ up above but I’m putting it in here so you can see the whole thing for certain. Isn’t it a fun picture?
I will admit to questioning the choices of the architect when it comes to the layout of the actual senate and house chambers.
I will admit to questioning the choices of the architect when it comes to the layout of the actual senate and house chambers.
I can't help thinking this statue looks like she's taking a shower. The image would work better if it were raining, oh well.
I can’t help thinking this statue looks like she’s taking a shower. The image would work better if it were raining, oh well.
There's a lovely view of the massive ExxonMobil refinery from the top of the tower - I suppose it's to remind the government who owns them, he said cynically.
There’s a lovely view of the massive ExxonMobil refinery from the top of the tower – I suppose it’s to remind the government who owns them, he said cynically.
The view from the other side of the tower is a bit nicer - there's a lot of parkland in front of the Capitol.
The view from the other side of the tower is a bit nicer – there’s a lot of parkland in front of the Capitol.
... and a bit more off the other side, as well.
… and a bit more off the other side, as well.
I don't actually know what this building is, but it looked cool from up there.
I don’t actually know what this building is, but it looked cool from up there.

It’s a rather impressive building, overall. Not included in the pictures is what they call the Pentagon – a set of buildings that originally went up as a Civil War barracks, became the site for Louisiana State University while their current campus was under construction, and now serves as housing for the senators.