Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sepia Scenes #30: Greek Revival - It's Not Just for Frat Houses Anymore.


"Stately House"
Raleigh, NC - December 2008 (Click to embiggen)

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According to the guidebooks, the style of the Capitol building is called "Greek Revival". I'll defer to the experts on that one because I can neither confirm nor deny. It's an imposing building whatever the style is called and while the state legislature moved to the new Legislative building two block to the north in 1963, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's offices are still housed here. As such it's a working government building, but its primary function these days seems to be tourist attraction.Violence UnSilenced
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16 comments:

maryt/theteach said...

Mojo, I love these big, imposing "revival" buildings! Nice sepia tone! Thanks for your compliments at my post! Happy Sepia Scenes! :)

Ria said...

thats the Capitol building? Wow, the sepia does give it a whole new look....

Kahshe Cottager said...

It is a very impressive looking building. I can see why it would be a tourist attraction but it seems a shame that it no longer is used for its original function. Did it become too small?

Ria said...

Hi! thanks for the correction. I was kinda lost there!

Thanks for the comments too, for both sepia and window scenes. I'm glad you liked them! I like night shots too, but I have difficulty getting them with a good quality. I don't like using the flash often because it makes the photo too bright...on occasion the grittiness works, like this one, but sometimes it doesn't!

Thumbelina said...

Well that is certainly one old building, revival or not! The sepia makes it. Great shot.
Come over and see mine - if you don't go through Mr. Linky to get to my blog then please scroll down when you get there for the sepia shot. Thanks.

judi said...

Nice shot, At first glance I thought it was a prison, no.. a mental hospital. Cool in sepia. judi

Ralph said...

This building has a classic look. Whichever material sits on the facade (be it marble, slate. granite or even concrete) looks almost classical with the monochrome sepia. A nice capture!

Annie said...

I don't see the "Greek" at first but on second view I think the classification must have something to do with the column like sections between the windows.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I can see why the Governor and Lieutenant Governor keep their offices in this building. I bet they feel safe there. ;-)

ewok1993 said...

I'm such an ignoramus when it comes to architectural style and design, revival or not, this one's great looking.

PJ said...

I've never gone Greek so I'll have to take your word for the buildings provenance. It could be roccocco baroque for all I know. Great sepia tint, and know that when I see it.

kden said...

It does kind of have that prisony institution feel to it. I almost expect the team of T.A.P.S. (ghost hunters) to pull up any minute.

Tricia said...

Great sepia tone - The building looks really nice & I like the windows, they almost look like doors.

Shadow said...

classic, greek, after all is said, it's still beautiful.

kaye said...

it is an unusual building, so square with the round dome on top. nice shot. Hope you can stop by to see my sepia scene Thanks!

napaboaniya said...

I notice that most Legislative buildings have a dome on top it. Hhhmmm...

I should show you the new design of my local High Court! Looks like a space saucer right at the top!! *ROFL*