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Overseeing Capitol Restorations Preservation Comm

Overseeing Capitol Restorations: Preservation Committees and Commissions

By Kae Warnock Vol . 20, No. 24 / June 2012

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The capitol is only a museum in Arizona; the House, Senate and governor have separate buildings.

State capitols are some of the most historically significant buildings in the country. Portions of the oldest capitols were constructed  as early as 1772-1795, while the vast majority were built between 1815 and 1915. Many were constructed using rare materials and craftsman- ship that, if damaged, would be costly or impossible to replace. The last known supply of rose onyx, for example, was used in the interior of the Colorado Capitol. Minnesota’s Capitol interior contains rare pipestone, traditionally used by Native Americans to make peace pipes. Nearly every state capitol contains irreplaceable murals by significant artists.

   

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