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Student Scribes: “Palace of Art”

“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

from Pennsylvania.

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.


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