On this day in Alabama history: Legislature convenes in Montgomery

On this day in Alabama history: Legislature convenes in Montgomery
Capitol building, Montgomery, 2010. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

December 6, 1847

The Alabama Legislature met in the capital of Montgomery for the first time in a newly constructed Greek Revival capitol atop Goat Hill. Built at the cost of $75,000, the stuccoed-brick building was designed by Stephen Decatur Button and featured a rusticated raised basement, a two-story monumental portico topped by a broad pediment, and a large central dome measuring 40 feet in diameter. Two years later, however, a fire burned the building down to its masonry foundation. A new building, constructed on the same spot and completed in 1851, continues to serve as the capitol today.

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