“This is the handsomest building I have ever saw.” – Theodore Roosevelt, at the 1906 Dedication of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building
I have been deemed the handsomest
building that the President
has ever seen. My walls carry the history
of this great Commonwealth,
but they also bare the struggles
of former years. I am a palace
of art and culture. The gardens
that surround me are ordained
with sculptures of the people
who allowed us to grow and prosper.
I am proud to have 377 mosaics
plastered around my rotunda
representing what it means to be
I am a palace of art and culture,
and I am the handsomest building
you will ever see.
Austin Shay is a graduate student in humanities at Penn State Harrisburg.