Louisiana State Capitol @ the Governor’s Mansion

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Louisiana State Capitol is full of history

The Louisiana State Capitol towers above Interstate 110 near the Governor’s Mansion, and lights make it glow in the darkness. The building, which is located in Baton Rouge, is the tallest state capitol in the nation.

The Louisiana State Capitol stands 450 feet tall, and is a great example of the art deco architectural style popular in the 1930s. It was commissioned by famed Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, who secured $5,000 to have the architectural firm of Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth draw up plans for the building. Because Long wanted a tower built, the firm used the Nebraska state capitol that was then under construction as a model.

Construction began on Dec. 16, 1930, and the building was dedicated on May 16, 1932.

Long, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1932, was assassinated on Sept. 8, 1935, in a hall on the first floor of the Louisiana State Capitol. The bullet hole can still be seen. The shooter was Dr. Carl Weiss. Long, who had announced only a month earlier that he would campaign to be the United States president died Sept. 10, 1935, of a wound to the abdomen.

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