From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 39: Phoenix, AZ
|EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING MASKS THE FEATURES OF THE CAPITOL DOME.|
Frustrated by the lack of Congressional action, a group of delegates met in Tucson in 1860 and adopted a constitution for a provisional territory below the 34th parallel. Soon the concern behind the Congressional reluctance was confirmed. With the influence of a large group of Texans who had settled in the self-declared Arizona Territory, leaders held a secession convention and voted in 1861 to leave the United States and petition the Confederate Congress for admission, which was happily granted as it would give the rebels a path to the Pacific.
Just weeks after Jefferson Davis issued the final proclamation creating the Confederate Territory of Arizona, the U.S. Congress finally acted on the matter that had been before that body for so long. Avoiding any semblance of condoning the Confederate actions by employing the same division, the U.S. Arizona Territory was lopped off from New Mexico along the 109th meridian, the same north-south line that forms the border between the two states today.
|ARIZONA CAPITOL MUSEUM (SHOT ANGLED TO MINIMIZE TALLER BUILDING BEHIND IT)|
After a national competition in 1898, Arizona's territorial capitol commission selected the winning design by James Riely Gordon, architect of the stunning Mississippi Beaux Arts capitol. His opulent concept with separate wings for each of the legislative chambers was too costly for the territorial budget, so Gordon worked with the commission to create a more modest version befitting Arizona's resources.
|WHAT A SURPRISE WHEN WE SAW THE STATUE ATOP THE DOME ROTATING!|
|STATE SENATE BUILDING|
|A LOFTY VISION FOR THE ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL|
|ARIZONA STATE EXECUTIVE OFFICE TOWER (Photo from Wikipedia)|
With its population now surging toward 7 million, Arizona's capitol complex is yet again falling short of meeting the needs of state government. Under discussion for the last ten years, proposals to rebuild the entire capitol site have been rejected in the interest of historical preservation. The discussion continues.
SATURDAY, 24 DECEMBER 2016
• Original Construction Cost: $135,774
• Cost of 1919 Addition: $75,000
• Cost of 1938 Addition: $570,717
• Cost of 1974 Executive Office Tower: $7,071,965
• First Occupied: 1900
• Arizona Statehood: 1912
• Architectural Style: Neo-classical
• Height to Top of Dome: 92 ft.
More Photos of the Arizona Capitol
|THE ROTUNDA ON THE SECOND FLOOR|
|DOME INTERIOR OFFERS A VIEW OF THE WEATHERVANE ON TOP.|
|STATE SEAL MOSAIC ON ROTUNDA FLOOR|
|THE OLD HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CHAMBER|
|ARIZONA FLAG RENDERED IN LEGOS|
The top half of the Arizona state flag consists of 13 red and yellow rays to represent the 13 original colonies of the United States. The colors of the rays refer to the red and yellow in the Spanish flag, acknowledging the state's period under Spanish rule. Because Arizona is a western state, the rays show a setting sun. The large copper-colored star at the center of the flag reflects Arizona's status as the nation's largest copper producer, and the solid blue field on the bottom is a reference to blue in the U.S. flag.
|STATE CAPITOL MUSEUM HOUSES RELICS FROM USS ARIZONA DESTROYED AT PEARL HARBOR.|
|THE SHIP'S SILVER AND COPPER SERVICE WERE DONATED BY ARIZONA CITIZENS AND RETURNED.|
|GOVERNOR'S OFFICE RESTORED TO ITS 1912 APPEARANCE|
|ON A CHRISTMAS EVE SATURDAY, THERE WAS VERY LITTLE TRAFFIC NEAR THE CAPITOL.|
|MUSEUM GIFT SHOP USES OLD CARD CATALOG TO STORE MAGNETS.|