ICAA Florida Chapter Summer Sketch Tour: Florida State Capitol
Date: June 26, 2020 - June 28, 2020
Venue: ICAA Florida Instagram
Virtual Sketching with the ICAA FLORIDA CHAPTER
oin us for our Florida Summer Sketch Tour, a weekly virtual sketching exercise
Week 5 Subject: Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee, FL
Beginning as a log building in 1824, then moving to a two-storey masonry building two years later, the Florida State Capitol Building evolved and expanded as Florida finally became a state in 1845 and grew considerably as the state experienced an economic boom in the 1880s. A cupola and boldly striped exterior awnings were added in 1891. In 1902, architect Frank Pierce Milburn added the classical style dome and first expansions to include the Governor’s office and Chambers of the House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court.
In 1923, at the peak of Florida’s building boom, architect Henry J. Klutho nearly doubled the usable space while retaining its classic lines by adding two new wings and a marble interior. In 1936 and 1947, large wings were added to the north and south ends of the building for the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Threatened with demolition in the late 1970s when the new capitol was built, the Historic Capitol was saved through citizens’ action and was restored to its 1902 appearance. The intensive project of historical and archaeological investigation makes this restoration of the Old Capitol (1978-1982) one of the most thoroughly documented restoration projects in the nation. Architectural highlights include the elaborate art glass dome, red and white striped awnings, and a representation of the Florida State Seal over the entry columns.
ICAA FL thanks all for participating in our #floridasummersketchtour Instagram Event. Have fun sketching and painting, and enjoy a few moments to reflect on the beauty around us.
Here’s how it works:
Select an image or visit the location if possible for a Plein Air sketch
Using any medium you like, sketch or paint one or more images/views.
Show us your skills! Snap a photo of your illustration and post it to your Instagram account (or email to Director@flclassicist.org) with your location, a little something about yourself and the following tags by Sunday night at midnight: