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North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, North Dakotaby danielsalas
Yay, another 1930s state capitol!
From the photographer:

North Dakota State Capitol, aka “the skyscraper on the prairie,” completed in Bismarck in 1934. There are a few of these lone art deco towers in various non-coastal cities (Baton Rouge comes to mind) and they’re awfully strange. The skyscraper made sense in space-starved Manhattan, where the form reached early perfection. New York’s depression-era skyscrapers oozed majesty and capitalistic dominance, so it’s no wonder that they became fashionable for use in such centers of backwater-power as this. But seeing the vertical force projection in such an empty place just seems absurd.

North Dakota State Capitol, Bismarck, North Dakota
by danielsalas

Yay, another 1930s state capitol!

From the photographer:

North Dakota State Capitol, aka “the skyscraper on the prairie,” completed in Bismarck in 1934. There are a few of these lone art deco towers in various non-coastal cities (Baton Rouge comes to mind) and they’re awfully strange. The skyscraper made sense in space-starved Manhattan, where the form reached early perfection. New York’s depression-era skyscrapers oozed majesty and capitalistic dominance, so it’s no wonder that they became fashionable for use in such centers of backwater-power as this. But seeing the vertical force projection in such an empty place just seems absurd.

(Source: savage-america)

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