“Stunning . . . a strikingly impressive memoir. A magically whimsical examination, a wide-ranging assortment, and a remarkable collection of full-bodied, all encompassing detail . . . a powerful tribute to the structure and all who dwelled within its walls.”
—Mary Louise Prudhomme, executive director, Louisiana Old State Capitol
“Carol Haase has captured the spirit of the Old State Capitol. Her insight into the fascinating history of this building enables the reader to view the Old State Capitol as a long-lost friend who has encountered countless difficulties but managed to survive over the years.”
—Jay Dardenne, Louisiana secretary of state
Overlooking the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Gothic-style castle stands out in dignity among neighboring buildings. Despite the elegant architecture with impressive turrets, stained-glass windows, and pitched gables, this remarkable structure is more than bricks and iron. The first Louisiana state house is a lasting reminder of what the building once symbolized: the hope for prosperity.