Thursday, April 7, 2011

ATLANTApix: Georgia Marble

Georgia Capitol Museum
Georgia Capitol Museum (Georgia marble)
Did you know that the world-famous statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was made from Georgia marble? It was! As were the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, the East Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta.

You can learn facts similar to these on a free tour of the Georgia Capitol Building, specifically in the Georgia Capitol Museum on the fourth floor.

The four columns pictured here, each made of Georgia marble, with their intricately carved Corinthian capitals, have been part of the museum collection since at least 1909. Left to right, the marbles represented here are: white Cherokee marble, Etowah pink marble solar gray marble, and white Georgia marble.

And speaking of where the Governor works, did you know that it was on this day in 1995 that Governor Zell Miller designated the peach as the official Georgia state fruit?

ATLANTApix of the tourATLANTA blog features a "photo-of-the-day" of Atlanta. Come back tomorrow for a new one!


Terry said...

I'm embarrassed to say I've never been.

Travis Swann Taylor said...'s an amzaing space and the guided tour is packed with information! You'll appreciate it for the architecture alone :)