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Off to Chicago – Part II

Going to Madison

Chicago was only a short stopover to SubZero Wolf.  We had to get to Madison, the SubZero Headquarters,  for the Introduction of the new products presentation, so the best way was by bus.  My first inclination was to take pictures along the way to share on this blog.  I didn’t think all the farms and barns would look alike during the 150 mile trip, but they do.

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A Barn on a farm

When we arrived in Madison and settled into our hotel, we had a few hours before the dinner event where we would meet all the people coming in from different parts of the country for the presentation.  I spotted the Wisconsin State Capitol building which was about 4 blocks from the hotel.  Perfect!  

Wisconsin State Capitol
Wisconsin State Capitol

The  capitol building was completed in 1917 at a cost of $7.25M and resembles the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. standing only 3 feet, 1/2″ shorter, but is the tallest building in Madison.

Rotunda Floor
Rotunda Floor

The Capitol dome is the largest dome by volume in the United States and one of the largest in the world.  It is also the only granite dome in the United States.  The dome consists of inner and outer structures.  The inner dome (coffer dome) is visible from the Capitol rotunda. 

Dome Interior
Dome Interior

Three observation decks encircle the outer dome.  George B Post & Sons of New York, were the architects on the Capitol Building. 

Observation Deck
Observation Deck

The Capitol Building houses both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature along with the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Office of the Governor.

The Senate
The Senate

Renovation of the building was started in 1988 with the purpose of converting the Capitol into a modern working building, while restoring and preserving its original 1917 appearance.

Original Mail Chute
Original Mail Chute

Hope you enjoyed learning about the history of the Capitol building.

The final part of this blog, to be posted next week, will be all about the SubZero Wolf Training Center and Presentation.

Photos by Nancy Hugo CKD

 

 

 

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