The Renaissance Revival building, designed by architect E.E. Myers and opened in 1888, was originally supposed to have an exterior made of limestone, but when that rock proved to streak when exposed to sunlight, "sunset red" granite quarried in Marble Falls, Texas, was used instead—giving the massive building the blush of color that makes it unique. Inside, and open to the public, you'll find a whispering gallery in the rotunda and portraits of every president of the Republic of Texas and governor of the State of Texas. Look closely and you'll see that every minor design detail is a masterpiece in miniature: the custom-made seven pound bronze door hinges, for example, are decorated in a pre-Art Nouveau 1880s style and are replaced, when needed, with exact replicas of the originals. And yes, the Capitol dome is bigger than the U.S. Capitol Building's—at 303 feet, it's 15 feet taller!
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