August 17, 2013

At the Iowa State Capitol...

... in Des Moines:


Looking up into the dome:


The Civil War looms large:


Elsewhere, I see vague swastikas:


A similar pattern appears in the frosted glass on the door to the legislative chamber, where we can see an image of Barack Obama between Abraham Lincoln and George Washington:


More patterning in the floor tiles:


There's a large model of the U.S.S. Iowa:



In a glass case, there are dolls representing all of Iowa's First Ladies, dressed in their Inauguration gowns:


In the rotunda, children are drawn to the glass floor:


And I'm drawn to do an I-was-there pose:



Mary said...

Those aren't incorporations of the nazi symbol, they occur often as neo-classical design's use of the Greek key pattern.

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, what makes you so sure? Admittedly, this place was built in the 19th century (1871 to 1886), but it's possible that Nazis time-traveled to embed their symbolism in a government building in Des Moines.

RecChief said...

for a state that had been a state for only 15 years when the Civil War started, Iowa sent 49 infantry regiments (one of those was "black infantry" or african american) 9 cavalry regiments, 4 artillery batteries, and more than 1,000 replacement troops. All together, Iowa sent over 76,500 troops to the conflict. In per capita terms, Iowa sent more troops than any other state

betamax3001 said...

Time Travel? Iowa? Hmmm. Sounds Plausible to Me.

TML said...

But if they time traveled, why isn't there a portrait of Hitler between Washington and Lincoln then?

Uncle Pavian said...

I Topeka, the Highway Patrol will ask you to leave the state capitol if you don't work there or you try to take pictures.

Patrick Henry was right! said...

Isn't it wonderful to be able to tour the Capitol without a bunch of aged hippies singing and ruining your visit? Iowans are so civilized compared to their northern breathren.

traditionalguy said...

Those Guardian type farmers from Iowa made up a large part of Sherman's Army that marched south to Georgia. They must have still been proud of their part in The Grand Army of the Republic when they painted that dome.

The Iowa Class fast battleship was the first of six keels of the largest battleships ever built laid started by FDR in 1940. They got into the action during 1943 and 1944. The Iowa was busy shelling Japan's seaports in late 1945, and was she also present in Tokyo Bay when the surrender was taken aboard the Missouri. (The Wisconsin was another one of the Iowa Class BBs.)