Friday, March 23, 2012

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Rusticated Stone– noun: Masonry cut into large blocks with the surface left rough. The stone outside the ground floor of the Capitol is rusticated in order to give the building’s foundation a look of rugged strength.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Visit the Capitol!

Looking for a fun activity for the family? The Utah State Capitol has lots of educational information to offer. Visit the new displays on the first floor, see where the State Legislature works, visit our beautiful Gold Room or see the featured art exhibit on the fourth floor. Whatever you're looking for, we have something for everyone. For questions, call Visitor Services at 801-538-1800.

Word of the Day

PEDIMENT – A triangular space above a door, window or colonnade. A pediment is often adorned with decorative sculptures; however, the Capitol’s pediments are empty because the initially proposed sculptures that were to be placed inside them were too costly.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Words of the Day

Word of the Day: DELEGATE- noun: (del·e·gate) a person acting for another: as a : a representative to a convention or conference b : a representative of a United States territory in the House of Representatives

ANOTHER WORD OF THE DAY: CAUCUS-noun: (cau·cus) a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy; also : a group of people united to promote an agreed-upon cause

Monday, March 12, 2012

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: BIPARTISAN - adjective: (bi-par-ti-san) of relating to, or involving members of two parties ;  specifically : marked by or involving cooperation, agreement, and compromise between two major political parties .

Session 2012

Well, the 2012 Legislative Session has come and gone. We have thoroughly enjoyed these last few weeks and we are sad to say goodbye to many of our Legislators, interns, lobbyists, visitors, staff and other employees who made this session fantastic. Thank you to everyone, and may peace be with you until next year.

-Capitol Preservation Board staff

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Word of the Day

Word of the day: DRUM - noun: The cylindrical wall just below the dome.  It often incorporates windows that give light to the space inside the dome. : a round wall or structure that supports a dome.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Word of the Day

Word of the day: DOME - noun: 1:archaic : a stately building : mansion
2: a large hemispherical roof or ceiling

A dome is a curved roof structure on a circular base.  The neoclassical dome of the Capitol is an element of architecture that has become a common symbol of democracy in America.  The outer dome stretches 250 ft, 10 in. from the base of the grand stairs on the south side of the Capitol building.  The shell of the dome is made of copper, installed in 1980, to replace the original copper covering after portions were blown off in a heavy windstorm.