She is beautiful with columns throughout and floors made of marble from Pickens County, Georgia. (Marble is still produced there to this day.) Old oak paneling still graces the offices and rooms. Elevators, lights that used a combo of gas and electricity, and central steam heat made it ahead of its time early on. There are numerous vaults, original to the building, with walls that are three feet thick, but they no longer store documents and money, but are used for other purposes like the kitchen area in my office suite. There are two beautiful grand staircases and a three story atrium, as well as a rotunda. The exterior of the dome is gilded with gold leaf from the North Georgia Mountains. The grounds are a lush green grass with statues of prominent Georgian figures, whose historical significance is remembered by only the most ardent Georgia history scholars. Upon the dome, Miss Freedom (no, not Miss Liberty, even though a replica of the Statue of Liberty stands on the grounds) sits atop the dome, her lamp of freedom in her hand. Faithfully she sits, guiding the way and you can see her and her golden home as you drive through Atlanta on I-75/85.
Every once in a while it is nice to look at our everyday life and see how unique it can be if we just make it so. Even the mundane can look different through a new perspective. So here's my challenge for today: take a look around and share with me a part of your daily routine that you may have taken for granted that may be pretty inspiring or unusual or entertaining!
Oh, and one more thing.....I invite you to come visit the Georgia State Capitol and see the Grand Old Dame for yourself!