United States flag

State Capitols
A Never-ending Hobby . . .

*
***
Contributors' Corner

statecapitols.tigerleaf.com
Telling Them Apart, Manhunting, A Poem

------

This page is unique. There are four capitols compared to each other, and (I apologize for this) a poem is used for the association. All four buildings are red with white trim, which is unusual as capitols go but confusing when you try to distinguish them. The domes, cupolas, and cupola towers are the features I use to distinguish them, so those are the parts the association poem refers to. Oh, and the states are placed in the poem and on this page in alphabetical order to help keep them arranged neatly in my mind. Here is the poem:

Manhunting

Hunting for menfolk in white and in red,
Delicate Della wants someone to wed,
Muscular Mary, a boyfriend instead,
The Boss was near with gold on his head,
And Quicksilver Carson? "Too far," they both said.
Look out, Boston!

 
 

Delaware –
Delicate Della

Delaware state capitol
image courtesy of mmahaffie

The Design
Delaware is very proud of being the "First State," which they are because they were the first to ratify the Constitution of the United States. One would expect the first state to have a very old capitol building, so when you look at the Delaware capitol, it is not surprising to see a Georgian Revival design without the dome that so many newer states included in theirs. It is surprising, however, to then learn this capitol was built in 1932. Delaware is also proud of the style of their capital city, so they made their new Legislative Hall fit right in.

Legislative Hall
In many states, the building where the state legislature meets is called the state capitol, and in several states, that building is called the State House. In Delaware, their state capitol is known as Legislative Hall. Since all three mean the same thing, the difference is likely a result of custom.

An Association
Just make "Delicate" part of a nickname;
Delicate Della for Delicate Della - ware.

Delaware's Line in "Manhunting"
Delicate Della wants someone to wed,

Delicate Della
This state capitol is constructed of red, handmade brick with a white cupola tower and white trim. The tall, slender tower is delicate in appearance compared to the domes and cupolas of the other three red-and-white capitols on this page.

Delaware capitol cupola tower
image courtesy of
J. Stephen Conn

 
More on Delaware:
What's On Top, Cupola Towers
Favorites, Just Because
Favorites, Nature

 

Telling Them Apart, Manhunting, A Poem

------

Maryland — Muscular Mary


image courtesy of Ochinko
through Creative Commons

Muscular Mary
With a base width of 40 feet, the octagonal, wooden dome and cupola tower on this red brick, white trim capitol are massive compared to the Delaware tower. The tower gives the building a much more muscular look.

An Association
I used "muscular" to make a nickname;
Muscular Mary for
Muscular Mary - land.

 

Maryland capitol visitor entrance
State House Visitor Entrance
image courtesy of the
Department of Legislative Services

Two Fronts
The Maryland capitol has two entrances on opposite sides of the building, both frequently pictured as the front. The tower doesn't appear as massive from the visitor entrance side pictured above since it is located much farther back.

The east entrance pictured at left is part of the original 1779 State House, and the west or visitor entrance above is part of the 1906 annex. Previous annexes from 1858 and 1886 were removed when the large, rectangular 1906 portion of the current building was constructed.

Maryland's Line in "Manhunting"
Muscular Mary,
a boyfriend instead,

 
More on Maryland:
What's On Top, Cupola Towers

 
 

statecapitols.tigerleaf.com
Telling Them Apart, Manhunting, A Poem

------

Massachusetts — The Boss

wide pan image of Massachusetts capitol
image courtesy of Della M. Huff

The Full Picture
The original, red brick portion of the Massachusetts state house is almost always the only part pictured. This is an unusual panoramic image of the whole front since it includes the white marble wing additions on both sides.

Massachusetts capitol dome

The Changes
The appearance of this state house has changed many times. The dome went from wood-shingled, to copper, to gold, to gray, and back to gold; the red brick was painted white from 1825 to 1928; and those huge white wings were added in 1914.

image courtesy of Galen R. Frysinger

An Association
One who wears a gold conquistador's helmet ought to be the boss. Boston is Massachusetts' capital. The Boss - ton, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts' Line in "Manhunting"
The Boss was near with gold on his head,

Massachusetts capitol entrance
image courtesy of
Galen R. Frysinger

The Helmet
This building is red brick with white trim and wings. Since this capitol is on a hill and most photographs are taken from below, the dome usually appears to be part of the peaked roof in front of it. This combination resembles a conquistador's helmet, don't you agree?

Hernando Cortez, Spanish conqueror of the Aztec civilization by artist-historian George S Stuart

Photo by
Mary Harrsch


through
Creative Commons
 

 
More on Massachusetts:
What's On Top, Cupolas (on domes)
Favorites, Night Shots

 
 

Telling Them Apart, Manhunting, A Poem

------

Nevada —
Quicksilver Carson

Native sandstone was used for the exterior of the Nevada capitol. It isn't quite as red as the three brick capitols above, but it looks very much like them at first glance with its dark walls and white trim.

Nevada capitol cupola

The domed roof of the cupola is painted silver in honor of Nevada's nickname, the "Silver State."

dome image by
Scott Schrantz
through Creative Commons

Nevada's Line in "Manhunting"
And Quicksilver Carson? "Too far," they both said.

Nevada capitol
image courtesy of RenoTahoe

An Association
The silver dome is unique in color (though Illinois' zinc dome comes close) and easy to pair with either Nevada's "Silver State" nickname or one like Quicksilver Carson for the Nevada capital, Carson City. Quicksilver Carson - City, Nevada.

 
More on Nevada:
What's On Top, Flagstaffs (on domes)
Favorites, Nature

 
 

One more time, the poem:

Manhunting

Hunting for menfolk in white and in red,
Delicate Della wants someone to wed,
Muscular Mary, a boyfriend instead,
The Boss was near with gold on his head,
And Quicksilver Carson? "Too far," they both said.
Look out, Boston!

 

Return to Top
 
 

***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
Go to Gallery
***
***
***
Go to Gallery
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
Go to Gallery
***
***
***
Go to Gallery
***
***
***
***
***
Go to Gallery
***
***
***
Go to Gallery
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
Go to Gallery
***
***
***
Go to Gallery
***
***
***
tigerleaf image

statecapitols.tigerleaf.com


 
Page Last Updated: Sep-03-2013

For complete image credits and information sources, see Credits & Sources.

Site Author: Valerie Mockaitis     ©2005-2013 Valerie Mockaitis

A Special Thank You
to all our Contributors
for their generosity and efforts.

All contributions of content
have been made for no fee,
monetary or otherwise.