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Old State Capitol

View from the West Side

Old State Capitol Review

When this turreted Gothic Victorian castle was constructed between 1847 and 1852, it was declared by some a masterpiece, by others a monstrosity. No one can deny that the restored building is colorful and dramatic. In the entrance hall a stunning pink, gold, and green spiral staircase winds toward a stained-glass atrium. The building now holds the Louisiana Center for Political and Governmental History, an education and research facility with audiovisual exhibits. The "assassination room," an exhibit covering Huey Long's final moments, is a major draw. The Ghost of the Castle Exhibit is a 12-minute video that tells the history of the building, as narrated by an actress playing Sarah Morgan, whose father donated the land on which the building was built.

Updated: 04-10-2014

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