We took the boys on a guided tour. I wasn’t sure how interested they would be. I underestimated them. They LOVED the tour and asked thoughtful questions. We handed the camera over to E and let him at it. Here is the capitol building through the eyes of an 11 year old.
This 11 year old. I loved the self-portrait. 🙂
Beautiful stained glass ceilings.
I think that is his brother with a lion fountain.
The library. He really liked the spiral staircase.
The dome. Point of information: Iowa has the largest gold dome in the country. All the gold that you see is real gold. There is currently a restoration in the works, so the boys found bits of gold leaf on the floor. They thought that was pretty awesome.
One of at least eight “naked” statues we saw. Most were women, but this is the one little boy. (That is the most manly looking woman though. She is really not attractive. ) Interesting story, Illinois commissioned two beautiful lanterns featuring a woman holding a torch. However when they arrived they were rejected, because they were too revealing. Iowa took them immediately. Hmmm…
E’s favorite, a model of a naval ship. The model took three years to make, but the actual ship only took one.
Do you want to see more? You can go on your own virtual tour of the Iowa State Capitol here.