Monday, March 30, 2015

The Coolest Room in the CA State Capitol

On a special assignment at work one day, a co-worker and I stumbled upon the most wondrous room in the State Capitol here in Sacramento, California. This room was dedicated to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE), or as I simply refer to it, the 1915 World's Fair in San Francisco.

It was for the purpose of this fair that the Palace of Fine Arts was created, that iconic gazebo-like structure overlooking a lake with swans.

It was also for this fair that the Tower of Jewels was created (see above image), adorned with countless glittering novagems. The room in the state capitol contains some of these novagems in a display case. As you enter the room, there are benches and old lampposts, projected black and white imagery on the walls. It's all food for a romantic heart here, and this place transports you to the forgotten glory of a bygone age.

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