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    Georgia State CapitolGeorgia State Capitol Atlanta, Georgia
    The Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, Georgia has grown into a historical and architectural icon that has been listed as a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, housing the main offices of the state government. The governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state have their offices located on the second floor of the magnificent structure, the general assembly on the third and the visitor's gallery and museum is situated on the fourth floor. The majestic building is much like many state capitol buildings, constructed to resemble the United States capitol, completed in 1889 and designed by Willoughby J. Edbrooke and Franklin P. Burnham. Sculptor George Crouch created all the ornamental works finished on it, that showcases a four story portico, six Corinthian columns sitting on huge stone piers, a stone impediment, the state's coat of arms that has two figures flanking each side and engraved on the pediment. The interior is atypical of the 19th century styles, but was one of the earliest to have elevators, combo electric and gas lighting and centralized steam heat. The builders used oak paneling and classical pilasters all through the structure, with flooring covered by marble from Pickens County that still is producing marble products today. The capitol museum that was started in 1889 contains inclusive collections that represent the state's cultural and natural history, with Native American relics, fossils, animals, rock and minerals that showcase the diversity of the collections. There are portraits of governors, historic flags and statues of famous Georgians that are shown throughout the capitol, since the museum is a public education institution striving to preserve and interpret the history of the state capitol in Atlanta, the events that have taken place here and the functions of the government.

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    High Museum of ArtHigh Museum of Art Atlanta, Georgia
    The High Museum of Art is known locally as the High, in Atlanta, Georgia, and the finest art museum in the southeast, along with being one of the most visited art museum in the world, founded in 1905. It would start out as the Atlanta Art Association, and in 1926, the High family, after whom the museum was named, would donate their family home on Peachtree Street to contain the marvelous collection after a number of exhibitions that involved the Grand Central Art Galleries that was organized by local collector, J. J. Haverty. There are many works from the Haverty collection that are kept in the High now to be exhibited, that would get another structure built adjacent to it in 1955. A 135,000 square foot structure that had been designed by architect Richard Meier opened in 1983 to house the High, and the French government would donate a Rodin sculpture, called the Shade, to the museum in memory of the victims of a 1962 plane crash that involved 106 Atlanta art patrons. Then, in 2002, three more structures would be designed by Renzo Piano that would more than double the size of the museum to 312,000 square feet that would upgrade the complete Woodruff Arts Center complex. This museum contains a collection of over 11,000 works in its permanent collections that include works by such famous artists as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Chuck Close, Claude Monet, Clarence John Laughlin, Marin Johnson Meade and Dorothea Lange. Their collections include works from the decorative arts, photography, American art, modern and contemporary art, European art and more.

April 18, 2011