#ThursdayDoors — The Capitol Building


Truth: we don’t call it the capitol. We call it the statehouse. Do y’all do that in other places?

As you may remember from grade school, Indianapolis is the capitol of Indiana. Unless you were raised here, it’s unlikely you know the original capitol of Indiana was Corydon. Author Marian Allen lives down that way, and wroteΒ a post about the original.

Other Truth: I was neither looking for nor planning to capture the statehouse.
I wanted to park and get to the circle for my tower facade before some event stopped me AGAIN.


The boy one and I were at our wits’ ends with the damned navigation app dooji. Bubba faced west proclaiming it east per the phone. That’s the kinda crap the damned navigation app doojis like to do — mostly right, leading to a total sense of false security and then totally, completely wrong.

I know the ways of the sun, and my downtown compass IS Monument Circle, thus, I led the adventure.

We turned the corner and the statehouse said, “BEHOLD, I PRESENT MYSELF UNTO YOU. WITNESS MY GLORY.”
I said, “Oh, yeah, may as well, since I’m already here.”
And so you get pictures of the statehouse as a brief detour on our way to the circle. Just a few views.


Not the entire building.


Look, Dan, I got the placard!





Strangers help with the scale, I think.
And this, this too.


If I had longer arms, and not lil T-Rex arms, I might coulda gotten the whole hardware pull in the photo.

Nope, I didn’t go in. I could tell the vibe of the four young people was not ‘historically adventurous’.
I may sometime go back to the statehouse.
I’ve been. I toured it in fourth grade, and even got to work as a page for a day in fifth grade. It’s pretty. It’s what you’d expect in a state capitol building. No doubt I would be more impressed with it now.

Here’s a bit of the outside sculpture on the east side of the building. I was quite fond of the man with his hand on the child’s shoulder. Endearing detail, methinks.



That was quick, wasn’t it?



#ThursdayDoors is part of an inspired post series run by Norm Frampton. To see other doors of interest, or to share your own, click the link and find the frog.

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72 Responses to #ThursdayDoors — The Capitol Building

  1. Ally Bean says:

    Your photos are great. I like the angles of them all. I say capitol, but my parents called it the statehouse. I agree about the false sense of security any GPS doohickey gives you. I trust them about as far as I can throw them.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    I love the placard, the staues, the history, the shout out and your humorous and candid approach to respecting the importance of “having a plan B” – When events hand you leanings, take pictures of something else. I love the photo of a little bit of statehouse between the trees and a that beautiful blue sky. That’s a great photo.

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  3. msgt3227 says:

    Wonderful photos again, as usual, only to be expected… etc. etc. !! We call ours the Statehouse as well here in Illinois. I worked in ours for 6 years… So now I have inspiration for a future Thurs Doors!

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  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    That’s a mighty imposing building to sneak up on you πŸ˜‰
    VERY impressive door! I think a return trip for an indoor tour should be a requirement!

    We call our provincial government building Queen’s Park. In fact we call the government itself
    “Queen’s Park” – regardless of which party is in power.

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    • joey says:

      Interesting tidbit about your provincial building, since we don’t even have provincial buildings πŸ˜‰
      Regarding the capitol building, I’d never even thought to snap it until that day. It’s one of those things local people take for granted, ya know? Like, oh yeah, there’s the statehouse… Again. Still. Whatever.

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  5. I love, love, love that green dome! Was it brass and tarnish into that lovely shade of green? I love that sort of patina.
    The door handle is beginning to go green too! I love the doors. WoWza! They’re BIG. I like the wreath motif.

    Great walk! Thanks for the arm-chair tour!

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  6. Benson says:

    I love those big and glorious doors. I wonder how long it took for them to be built?

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    I like the sculpture of the man with his hands on the child’s shoulder as well. What a lovely “statehouse”!

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  8. Vicky says:

    Love the door and all the rest too πŸ™‚

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  9. ghostmmnc says:

    That’s a very impressive capitol building! We don’t live in the capitol city, so we just say the capitol building. Locals in Austin may call it something else.

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  10. jesh stg says:

    A false security – yup, several stories to tell – this one is the most blatant – because of the GPS we had to an hour route 3 times over, because of it’s highly illogical explanation! This was not on a remote area in Mongolia or the middle of African bush, but my own country of origin!
    A lot of “glory” here! Just occurred to me that all of the government buildings in the USA are male-oriented. Time to add some women in their history!

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  11. John Holton says:

    Nice capitol building… I’m sorry, state house. I think they call it the Capitol Building in Atlanta, and I can’t recall what it’s called in Illinois.

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    • joey says:

      Other Illinois Guy said it’s the statehouse there, too. Atlanta’s capitol building is magnificent! Should you ever be inclined… I only ever get it from 65… And oh, at night! Well, you know! πŸ™‚


  12. Nice pics! Here in Maine, the building is the State House and the city where it resides is the Capital.

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  13. “…lil T-Rex arms.” That made me giggle.

    The door alone makes for a most impressive post. This is above and beyond and I wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks to you and the dooji.

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  14. I’m glad you took the detour, Joey. Those photos are fabulous. I love the dome and those huge carved doors are wonderful.

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  15. Norm 2.0 says:

    Those are some seriously majestic doors – carved on both sides no less. As one would expect for a building of such importance the architecture is stunning.
    Too bad about that navigation app messing things up but I’m glad you were able to shift gears and go with the flow.
    Our provincial capital is QuΓ©bec City. Though our Capitol building is actually a Parliament, both the provincial legislature and the building that houses it are called…wait for it: The National Assembly.
    Confused yet? Bienvenue au QuΓ©bec πŸ˜€

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    • joey says:

      Ah, haha! I think I used to know more stuff about Quebec than I do now…
      I’m glad you like it πŸ™‚
      The boy one wanted to go to the mall. We did find it, much to his dismay, without the stupid GPS πŸ˜‰

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  16. rgemom says:

    Wow! Those doors are beyond impressive!!! One of my besties lives in Indy – I’m learning all about it! In CA, we do call it the Capitol Building.

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  17. Beautiful day for your adventure. I love that you got the placard for Dan. I took such pictures when I went to the races (future post) and thought of him as well. I love the fact that you couldn’t get the full handle, shows how large it is. Wonder if the politicians wanted such large doors to allow their big heads easy access!

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    • joey says:

      Thanks! Yes, it was a good day for photos and way too hot for Joeys. πŸ™‚
      Dan and I are always snapping placards and then get home to edit them and CAN’T READ THEM. Ugh.
      Isn’t it nice how we think of other bloggers when we’re doing our life? I do so enjoy that.
      I think the handles are appropriately sized for the doors, but the top of the thing is over my own head! Phew! And people usta be SMALLER? *scratches head*

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  18. Susan says:

    ‘ Not getting a historically adventurous vibe…’ You’re such a cool mom!

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  19. bikerchick57 says:

    That is a very BIG door to the statehouse. Here in WI, we call it the Capitol. Your statehouse is very stately, beautiful architecture, and I do love the statues. Every Capitol needs to have statues.


  20. Wow. That is quite the giant door to the statehouse. The detailed carvings in the door are amazing.

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  21. Alice says:

    Pretty sure we don’t call it the “statehouse” in PA. Of course, we can’t call it “the STATE capitol” here either, on account of how we don’t call Pennsylvania a “state” neither.

    Nope. Not a state. We’re the “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” over here, beyatches.

    And language is weird everywhere.

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  22. In Boise we refer to it both ways. Even the newscasters use capitol or statehouse.

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  23. Pistachios says:

    Excellent photos and doors, but your commentary/narrative is the best! Thanks for taking us along on this little side trip. Maybe the “young people” will become more “historically adventurous” when they get a bit older πŸ˜‰

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  24. I’ve heard both: Capitol and Statehouse. Like Pistachios above, I also think that the fun is to read your narrative and captions πŸ™‚

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  25. marianallen says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, Joey! And I never entirely trust the GPS anymore. I’ve been sent to too many waste areas and dead-end streets, been told to turn right and go over a cliff, etc. I’m convinced that GPSs are programmed by zombies trolling for brains.

    Wonderful pictures of a beautiful building! Those doors are awe-inspiring!

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  26. That looks a very grand building with some seriously impressive doors! It seems you had a beautiful day too even if you didn’t manage to stay! πŸ™‚

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  27. Erika says:

    Love the pictures. We call it the statehouse in SC, too. I visited ours in high school for a citizenship program, but don’t remember it being nearly that nice.

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    • joey says:

      Hm. Statehouse there, too — good to know. Well I’m going to tour it next month, so I hope there are some good interior doors, too. I certainly don’t remember.


  28. slfinnell says:

    Not sure if the Jeff City locals say capital or state building? I call it capital tho.πŸ˜‰ I have been there a few times too between my school-ager field trips and my 2 daughters’. It’s right over the Missouri River and have the loveliest magnolia trees blooming each spring. Great museum inside. Guess I should consider a future door post next visit?

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  29. I had not heard the term Statehouse before. I googled. Florida had a little harder time with the term statehouse than Virginia did. I assumed this might be due to the age of two states. Indianapolis’s State House looks lovely and I am quite taken with the man’s hand on the boy’s shoulder as well.

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  30. Skipah says:

    I just recently went to Annapolis, you want to talk about a beautiful statehouse! Holy cow it was glorious! I’ve always like Indy’s though, and I knew Corydon was the original one :). Also the home to former Governor Mike O’Bannon.

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