Texas State Capitol
It was reported that some spectators wept on February 6, 1983 as they watched flames destroy their State Capitol building, a building significant not only because of what occurs inside of it but also because of what it represents. The Capitol building in Austin is a constant reminder and vigilant symbol of the indomitable spirit and inherent grandness of Texas.
Mark White, Texas' governor at the time of the tragedy, was distraught about the incident but unfortunately due to a state budget crunch could not initiate a complete restoration project for the building. After the fire, however, the State Preservation Board was established to preserve and maintain the building and they were able to at least refurbish the legislative chambers, a few rooms, and the Goddess of Liberty statue atop the Capitol dome.
"On and off for 40 years, I have walked through the halls of this magnificent Capitol building, 40 years in partnership with the people of Texas….” – Bob Bullock
It was not until December 1988 that a design team was assembled to create a master plan for the restoration of the building including blueprints for the construction of an underground expansion that would create more space for employees. In May 1989, the Legislature voted to fund the whole project which was completed six years later.
The Capitol was re-dedicated on April 21, 1995.
Limestone from Capitol walls
Original floor tile from Capitol
The State Capitol building has been through numerous renovations and restorations since its completion in 1888. The pieces above were taken during one its renovations in the 1970’s.