“An architectural and governmental masterpiece”
The Capitol Commission was first created in 1867 to find the location for a Capital City and has been called into service at various times when Nebraskans were in need of a new capitol or artwork to complete the new capitol. The Nebraska Capitol Commission currently has the task of overseeing the preservation, maintenance and operation of Bertram Goodhue’s state Capitol. Upon statehood in 1867, the Nebraska legislature passed a law removing the capitol from Omaha. Thus, the first Nebraska Capitol Commission was created and given the task of finding a new location for the Capital City. Having established Lincoln as the new capital city, the Commission then set about platting the city and planning for the construction of the first capitol. The Commission was reformed to guide construction of the second capitol in the 1880’s. It was reformed in 1917 to hold a nation-wide architectural competition and oversee the construction of a third capitol. At that time Commission membership included the Governor, the State Engineer and three citizens. Through the years the Capitol Commission has been reactivated to hold mural competitions to complete Hartley Burr Alexander’s thematic program for the capitol. The 2004 legislation creating the Office of the Capitol Commission declared the Nebraska Capitol Commission shall be the custodian of the State Capitol and Grounds. The current Capitol Commission is chaired by the Governor and membership includes the Speaker of the Legislature, the State Court Administrator, the Dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture, the Executive Director of the Nebraska State Historical Society and one member, appointed by the Governor, from each of Nebraska’s three congressional districts.
Wanted to take tour but didn’t want to wait for the lunch break. We did walk around the first floor and second. Beautiful halls lots of murals and special floors. Go to the 3rd floor to get to look down on the floors.
A nice place to get a little Nebraska history
Visit one of the most unique and beautiful Capitol buildings in the U.S.
It's home to the nation's only single-body legislature, called the unicameral. Unique and historic mosaic tiles cover the floors, and a man sowing seeds sits atop, known as the golden sower. A unique shape, we locals affectionally refer to it as the penis of the plains.
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Nebraska State Capitol
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