Not many cities can claim a castle as their state capitol, but Baton Rouge can and does. She sits across the street from the mighty Mississippi River and watches that beautiful sun set over her every day.
I became well acquainted with the Old State Capitol when I worked on the North Boulevard Town Square project in my former life in Landscape Architecture. I drew the building into plans countless times, and I researched historical images of it and the site it was nestled into.
I was better acquainted with it than the average Baton Rougean — to say I had an architectural crush on her was an understatement. She'd been around, seen it all and was still here to tell the story. I liked her. By the time the folks from the OSC called to see if I'd be interested in creating something for them, I already had a sketchbook full of ideas. The staff at the OSC was kind enough to take me on a behind-the-scenes tour where I was finally looking from the inside out of this place I'd, for years, been getting to know from the outside in.
Here I am doing some site recon at the Old State Capitol. Scroll down to the end of this blog post to see more behind-the-scenes photos of the Old State Capitol!
Early on, I knew which elements of the Capitol I wanted to capture in the collection. Once I set out to create them though, it proved to be more challenging than I expected.
I'd design a piece and scrap it or cast another piece and melt it right back down. It turns out architecture is tricky to translate into something wearable, but I was so excited to launch this collection.
I love this place, no matter what Mark Twain says. ;)
THE WINDOW COLLECTION
The Window pieces in our collection are inspired by the numerous stained glass windows that contribute to the Old State Capitol's ornate gothic detail and have become an iconic feature.
No matter if you're outside looking in or inside looking out, these windows are mesmerizing.
Learn more about each of these pieces in our collection!
THE CRENELLATED RING
The Crenellated Ring in our OSC collection captures the essence of the crenellated parapets at the roofline of the OSC. This is one of the most recognizable features of castle-like structures and has become iconic to the Baton Rouge skyline.
Learn more about the Crenellated Ring!
THE QUATREFOIL COLLECTION
The quatrefoil is an architectural element evident throughout the OSC today. One of the easiest places to spot them is in the window design, but you'll find them hidden in stairwells and in details throughout.
My favorite architectural elements to come and go are the turrets. At some point, a number of large and small turrets were added to the OSC but were later removed from its exterior. (You can see them on this model of the building!)
Four large cast iron turrets sat on the corners of the structure. They were later removed when they started to cause the structure to sink. Several small turrets were added to the corners but were removed when they began to pull away because of their weight.
Most intriguing to me is that no one knows where these turrets ended up. Some say they were melted down for the war, or maybe they were sunk into the Mississippi River or maybe, just maybe, they're still alive and well in a dusty old barn somewhere?! Either way, this is a little replica to tell their story.
*This piece has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase. However, we still wanted to share its story with you :)
This beauty more than provides when it comes to story and soul, and we're excited to share that with you! Next time you see her standing there at the edge of the river, you'll have that many more reasons to stare.
Here are just a few more behind-the-scenes photos from our time visiting the Capitol!
OUTSIDE of the INSIDE of the gorgeous ceiling at the Old State Capitol.
150 years of graffiti — The space itself was a hard-to-access alcove that legislature, congressmen, etc would take breaks in between doing important work way back in the day.
A poster inside the Old State Capitol featuring a historical image of the building.
Published 7/7/21; Last Updated 7/7/21