A very formal room with antiques galore! Above: The view to the left...
And the view to the left. Each side matched/mirrored the other.
I'd love to know what people have been entertained here over the years.
The gold leaf and painting details were amazing.
Imagine applying delicate gold leaf to the carving.
The drapery...old, velvet, embroidery, with tassels and trims from long ago, yet apparently has had good conservation techniques over the years.
A trip down the stairs, and down another flight and we can see displays detailing the work that has been done on the Capitol building during the renovation. To think that all that fine detail work was previously simply painted over...oh my....what a project it must have been to restore the building to its former glory.
The building had these Seismic Base Isolator installed while it was under scaffolding. The Wasatch Mountains snake along a major fault line...better to spend the money preparing the building to withstand a huge shake instead of trying fix it after it was reduced to rubble.
A relief map of the area; the smudgy area below the Great Lake is Salt Lake City.
The red-brown line heading over the mountains to Park City snugs up to the mountain edge right where we live.
In the next display we can see pictures of all the Utah Governors. Handsome men...but perhaps more interesting was comparing changes in formal business suits over the years. Differences in lapels, collars, ties...each would have been the "state of the art" attire at the time of the photographs.
Another handsome Governor. Nice art work too.
There is so much to learn about Utah on this floor. Utah has always had theater events, even when it was just a small settlement of pioneers in the 1860's. Now there are symphonies, choirs, dance troops, several theater companies, outside art and art museums to enjoy.
Well, since all of you have done so well behaving yourself on this field trip, you can now visit the gift shop.
You can buy some salt from the Great Salt Lake...
Or perhaps find a charm to add to your charm bracelet.
There will be a test on the history of this building. Refer to this plaque for study notes.
Note that from ground breaking to building completion took just over two years...less time than than it took to renovate the whole building!
Outside the blue skies and flowers surround a rather mystical statue telling the story of Utah.
Linger for few minutes, enjoy the sunshine and landscaping...and then my field trip is over.