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Lithograph of The New Capitol of Texas
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New Capitol Lithograph
This lithograph was copyrighted by Charles N. McLaughlin with the permission of Capitol Architect Elijah E. Myers and issued by W. J. Morgan and Company Lithographers of Cleveland in 1885. Original information available proclaimed that the building was to be a fire-proof structure, classic in design. Its form approximates a Greek cross, with projecting center and flanks. The rotunda and dome rise at the intersection of the main corridors. Besides the basement and dome elevation, it is three full stories in height. By 1888, the Texas Capitol housed the entire Executive, Judicial and Legislative departments of State government. Note the facade of the building is very ornate; the as-built version is much simpler to accommodate the change in building material from limestone to Sunset Red granite.