Heritage, Volume 9, Number 3, Summer 1991 Page: 9
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Legislature appropriated funds to support
Projected space requirements mandated
that new construction supplement
space available in the Capitol and surrounding
buildings. Any visible, abovegrade
addition to the historic structure was
ruled out, as was any encroachment in the
historic wooded grounds of the Capitol.
The north grounds, primarily non-historic,
provided the best opportunity for a new
extension-an "invisible" structure
below-grade. Parts of 14th Street will be
closed and the "roof' will be landscaped to
retain the area's wooded character.
The four-level underground extension
will alleviate overcrowded conditions and
hazards in the Capitol by adding office
space, along with sixteen committee
rooms, an auditorium, cafeteria, press area,
book store, loading dock and additional
mechanical space. Two of the levels will
provide 340 parking spaces each. Tunnels
will connect the extension to the basements
of the Capitol and surrounding
of a civilization
most endearing feature,
and by this structure
for here science
has done her utmost
All that enlightenment
and art could do
has been done.
It would seem that
that shall stand
as a sentinel of eternity,
upon passing ages,
Senator Temple Houston
Capitol Dedication Address
May 16, 1888
The State Capitol in 1896 at the dedication of the
Firemen's Monument. Photo courtesy of the Austin
HERITAGE * SUMMER 1991 9
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