Monday, April 25, 2011

Capitol Dudes

  
The state Capitol building has elaborate carvings, with arches, columns, stars, figures and the like. I haven't found a key to the figures on this part of the facade. Given the Puritan hats of the two middle figures, I expect that one of them is Thomas Hooker, the founder of Hartford.

The Connecticut Great Seal is in the middle arch.  It has three grapevines and a Latin phrase translated as "He who transplanted still sustains."  The origins and interpretation of the symbols are disputed. 

19 comments:

Dawn said...

That is quite the building! (And I really enjoyed your title on this one;))

Sharon said...

There is a lot of elaborite stone work here!

Lois said...

It is quite impressive! So much to look at.

Sylvia K said...

Great looking dudes for your capitol, Jack! And a very impressive building it is! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

lizziviggi said...

It sounds sort of mysterious. Better get Dan Brown on the case!

JM said...

What a gorgeous façade, Jack!

SRQ said...

Your capitol dudes look like jaunty fellows. Amazing detail in that building.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

That is an amazing Capitol building inside and out. Daughter Holly lives down the street from the WV Capitol which was copied after Les Invalides (Paris).

You were right about Thomas Hooker. More information about the others... "the Capitol celebrates the achievements of such Connecticut worthies as the Reverend Thomas Hooker (c. 1586-1647), Governor John Winthrop, Jr. (1605/1606-1676), Roger Sherman (1721-1793), Revolutionary War Governor Jonathan Trumbull (1710-1785), Noah Webster (1758-1843), General Joseph Hawley (1826-1905), Civil War Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles (1802-1878), and United States Senator Orville Hitchcock Platt (1827-1905)."

Bon lundi from your type-A friend,
Genie

RedPat said...

It's nice to have someone like Genie to provide info that you were seeking! Love all the wonderful carving.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was the governors of CT - there's a really unflattering statue of Ella Grasso up there

Anonymous said...

Here's the link
http://www.cga.ct.gov/capitoltours/photohtmpages/CapitolPhoto15.htm

Jack said...

Some helpful viewers today. (Well, I am sure there are helpful viewers every day . . . ) Thank you, Genie and Anonymous.

VP said...

An interesting image and a funny title! I always like a Latin motto...

Regina K said...

Love all that detail...

Farmchick said...

Wonderful detail and I cannot imagine creating things like this out of stone.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Not too often one sees such ornate carving and intricacy on public buildings in this country - this could pass for a European building! I find it quite attractive.

Re your questions: Yes, there is no question that new clubs will help your game. In fact, you may want more than one set! I've got several. My latest and bestest are Callaway Diablo forged with uniflex steel shafts. I've never played forged irons before - they are for tour players. But what the heck, I found a set of used irons (look like new) at a fraction of the price of new ones.

But I'm struggling with my swing...shot a 91 on Sunday. 44 on the front and 47 on the back. Not good at all. So, I'm going to the range tomorrow to try to figure things out. It's a tough course but that's no excuse.

Good luck with your game! Just remember the more clubs you have the better 'cause you'll find none of them work and you can then look for another set that might do the job.

Randy said...

I love the details! Great shot.

Irina said...

Great European style facade. I like so much building with individuality!

EG Wow said...

They simply do not build 'em the way they used to!