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The North Carolina State Capitol:
Pride of the State

[Cover photo] North Carolina State Capitol
(North Carolina Division of Archives and History)


orth Carolina's state capitol rises majestically on Union Square in downtown Raleigh, a city specifically created in 1792 to serve as North Carolina's permanent capital. Built between 1833-40, the granite building is one of the finest and best preserved examples of civic Greek Revival architecture in the United States. Relatively small in comparison to many other state capitols, this impressive structure has stood as a symbol of pride to North Carolinians for more than 150 years.


About This Lesson

Getting Started: Inquiry Question

Setting the Stage: Historical Context

Locating the Site: Maps
 1. North Carolina

Determining the Facts: Readings
 1. Establishing a Permanent Capital in
 North Carolina

 2. A Source of Pride for a Sleeping State
 3. Classical Precedents

Visual Evidence: Images
 1. Watercolor of State House, 1811
 2. Remodeled State House
 3. State Capitol today
 4. State Capitol, House of Representatives
 5. State Capitol, Senate Chamber
 6. State Capitol, second and third floor plans
 7. Statue of George Washington

Putting It All Together: Activities
 1. Locating a Capital
 2. A Proud Symbol
 3. Classical Architecture in the Community

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This lesson is based on the North Carolina State Capitol, one of the thousands of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places.



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