Florida's State Capital
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After passing thru security, walk over to the Captial Welcome Center and pick up a map for a self guided tour. Catch the elevators up to the 22nd floor observation deck for a 360 degree view of the Tallahassee. North Florida is so beautiful with lots of rolling hills. Art work is displayed from resident artists and the Artist Hall of Fame is also located within the gallery. Artist names to included, Jimmy Buffet and Ray Charles.
Located on the fifth floor is the visitors entrance to the House of Represenatives with 120 members. Each desk has three buttons. Red and geen for voting and yellow to summon a House page or messenger. The Senate with 40 members. Each Senator's desk has four buttons. The red and green buttons are used for voting.
Located on the fourth floor is the House and Senate entrance.
On the Plaza level or Rotunda is the Florida State Seal and the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's offices. You can sign their guest book.
The Construction on the new Capital building was begun on November 8, 1973 and finished on August 19,1977. The Capital is done in "New Classicism" style. It rises to 307 feet from the public entrance to the 22nd floor observation deck. The Capital's public areas use an acre and half of travertine marble, imported from Italy, on the walls, and terrazzo on the floors.
Upon completion of the "New" Capital, the "Old" Capital building was refurbished to it's 1902 appearance.
The Capital does not have a "mortgage", because the 1972 Legislature appropriated the $43,070,741 needed before the cornerstone was laid. An additional $1,957,338 was committed to landscaping the west front area known as Waller Park. It was named after Judge Curtis L. Waller of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2003, "Stormsong", the centerpiece of Waller Park was added. It is a sculpture of a pod of playful dolphins within the Florida Heritage Foundation.
The treaty with Spain, Florida became a Territory of the United States in 1821. At this time Florida had two capitals. Saint Augustine and Pensacola. With 400 miles between the two capitals, travel time took almost 20 days. In 1824, Tallahasse, the half-way point was chosen as the new capital of Florida. On June 25, 1845, cannons roared and Florida was finally a state.