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Territorial Capitol and Construction of Second Capitol

Territorial Capitol and Construction of Second Capitol | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin Territorial Capitol (first in Madison) viewed from State Street. The back wall of the east wing of the replacement capitol (second on the site) can be seen behind the Territorial Capitol. A smaller building, possibly a construction shack, is to the left.
DESCRIPTION
Wisconsin Territorial Capitol (first in Madison) viewed from State Street. The back wall of the east wing of the replacement capitol (second on the site) can be seen behind the Territorial Capitol. A smaller building, possibly a construction shack, is to the left.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23458
Creation Date: 1861
Creator Name:Fuller, John S., ca. 1815-1902
City:Madison
County:Dane
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Madison, Wisconsin, cartes-de-visite, circa 1860-circa. 1870
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 6010.1
Original Dimensions:2.5 x 4 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
In 1837, when construction of the second Capitol began, the Capitol was oriented toward King Street, then Madison's commercial center. Thus, this photograph, which was taken from State Street, actually documents the Capitol's "back door." The Third Capitol was built by constructing its four wings around the old building and then destroying the old Capitol so that the central rotunda could be built on its foundations. This phased construction was necessary to maintain the fiction that the new building was an "expansion" and not a new building. Construction of an entirely new capitol, it was thought, might raise the issue of moving the capital from Madison to Milwaukee. This photograph, which was taken between January of 1859 and the summer of 1861, also gives an early view of the Capitol Park and walkways.

See Image ID: 66682 for stereo view loaned by Jeff Hinds.

SUBJECTS
Wisconsin State Capitol
Trees
Cities and towns
Sidewalks
Building
Outdoor photography
Parks

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