Louisiana's Old State Capitol

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By Carol K. Haase

Publisher : Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

ABOUT Carol K. Haase

Carol K. Haase
Carol K. Haase was born and raised in Baton Rouge and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1966 with a B.S. in secondary education. Haase began volunteering at the capitol as a tour guide in 1995. She is on the advisory board of the Old State Capitol Associates and the board of man More...



"Stunning . . . a strikingly impressive memoir. A magically whimsical examination, a wide-ranging assortment, and a remarkable collection of full-bodied, all encompassing detail . . . a powerful tribute to the structure and all who dwelled within its walls." -Mary Louise Prudhomme, executive director, Louisiana Old State Capitol "Carol Haase has captured the spirit of the Old State Capitol. Her insight into the fascinating history of this building enables the reader to view the Old State Capitol as a long-lost friend who has encountered countless difficulties but managed to survive over the years." -Jay Dardenne, Louisiana secretary of state Overlooking the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Gothic-style castle stands out in dignity among neighboring buildings. Despite the elegant architecture with impressive turrets, stained-glass windows, and pitched gables, this remarkable structure is more than bricks and iron. The first Louisiana state house is a lasting reminder of what the building once symbolized: the hope for prosperity. During Louisiana's seminal years, the location of the state capital was the cause of fiery disputes. Originally located in New Orleans, it was relocated to Donaldsonville and eventually moved to Baton Rouge. On October 26, 1847, Baton Rougeans broke ground, commencing the capitol's construction. Over a century the Old State Capitol and surrounding landscapes have withstood fires, Union control during the Civil War, economic depression, and hurricanes. It served as a venue to galas in support of WWI troops, rallies promoting women's suffrage, and the inauguration of nineteen Louisiana governors. Although it was replaced by the new state capitol building in 1932, the magnificence of the structure remains, serving as a public museum.