Monday, July 8, 2013

House of the Palmetto State - Columbia, South Carolina

Crowning the hill overlooking the convergence which makes the Congaree River in the heart of South Carolina, the State House proudly waves the star-spangled banner and the blue pennant of the state atop her copper dome.  The construction of the State House in the newly established capital city of Coumbia was marked by the laying of the cornerstone in 1851.  Slowed by the dismissal of the first architect, the exterior walls were just being finished while war broke out in the former state capital, Charleston.  Halted by the Civil War, the South Carolina blue granite walls stood empty and as a sitting duck for General Sherman's cannons as he razed havoc on the birthplace of the Secession.  Although, only a few strikes were made against the building, today bronze stars mark where the cannon balls hit the hollow capitol building.  Construction was not said to be complete until 1907 under the direction of five architects.  One interesting fact about the State House is the 28 columns of the front and rear porticos, they are the largest monolithic columns in the United States and made of the state stone - Blue Granite.

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