Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Nebraska State Capitol: Restoring a Landmark

The Nebraska State Capitol: Restoring a Landmark
by Robert C. Ripley, Robert Fell, et. al. [725.11 Neb]

This is a nice volume for anyone who loves the Nebraska State Capitol building, or is interested in architecture and restoration. It explains concisely but in interesting detail why the "Tower on the Plains" needed some t.l.c. and how that was accomplished. Many photographs of the work in progress are included, as well as some architectural drawings. The captions and narrative are informative without being too technical and dry. I appreciate the coffee-table-sized format but the layout leaves many pages with much blank space. I really enjoyed learning about the collaborative and careful work that was done on our skyscraper statehouse. -- recommended by Becky W.C. - Walt Branch Library [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try A Harmony of the Arts: The Nebraska State Capitol; Lee Lawrie's Prairie Deco: History in Stone at the Nebraska State Capitol; Architectural Wonder of the World: Nebraska's State Capitol Building; City Shapers: Five Events that Defined Lincoln; Building a Landmark: The Capitol of Nebraska; Art Deco Architecture: Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties; Twentieth-Century American Architecture: The Buildings and their Makers.]

[ official Nebraska State Capitol restoration web site ]

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