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Capitol Interior — Rotunda | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

Photograph

Capitol Interior — Rotunda

Capitol Interior — Rotunda | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Stereograph of view from a first floor hallway into the rotunda of the third Wisconsin State Capitol where a group of men are standing. Published specifications for the 1882 addition tells us that the main hallways resembled this floor: "The halls, vestibules, and corridors of the principal floors to be tiles with white marble and blue slate tiling twelve inches square and one inch thick, with a slate border to correspond to the old floors... The floors of the connecting corridors of the second and third floors to be floored with Minton tile, six-inch octagon, with two inch corner tiling of colors to correspond to the old floors."
DESCRIPTION
Stereograph of view from a first floor hallway into the rotunda of the third Wisconsin State Capitol where a group of men are standing. Published specifications for the 1882 addition tells us that the main hallways resembled this floor: "The halls, vestibules, and corridors of the principal floors to be tiles with white marble and blue slate tiling twelve inches square and one inch thick, with a slate border to correspond to the old floors... The floors of the connecting corridors of the second and third floors to be floored with Minton tile, six-inch octagon, with two inch corner tiling of colors to correspond to the old floors."
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:10502
Creation Date:circa 1870
Creator Name:Dahl, Andreas Larsen, 1844-1923
City:Madison
County:Dane
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Album 08 (State Capitol, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, [1848-1913])
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:Album 8.65
Original Dimensions:3 x 3 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
See also Image ID: 23567 for a detail of this image.

Stereograph loaned for scanning by Tim White of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.

Cutting through the Rotunda appears to have been a traditional shortcut for pedestrians, although public access to the Capitol has not always been without problems. The "Wisconsin State Journal" editorialized on January 21, 1877 (not long after Dahl took this photograph): "There is a gang of half grown but fully educated loafers who hang around the halls and lobbies of the State Capitol, to the great disgust and annoyance of the officers and members of the Legislature, as well as of the employees who have charge of the Capitol building. They are of that class of youngsters who seem to have no parents or guardians that are interested in or responsible for their good behavior. They lounge around the halls, lean again the door frames and hang over the banisters, with a sort of listless, malicious pertinacity, as though they were a species of unsightly fungus that had grown there. As an addition to the furniture of the Capitol, they are neither useful nor ornamental."

SUBJECTS
Architectural details
Wisconsin State Capitol
Indoor photography
Men

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