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Old State Capital- Baton Rouge
Designed by New York architect James Dakin and built in 1847-1849, a neo-gothic architectural treasure! Mark Twain gave his opinion of it in 1881 in 'Life on the Mississippi', "It is pathetic enough that a white washed castle should ever have been built in this otherwise honorable place; it would have been so easy to let dynamite finish what a charitable fire began." (It had been gutted by fire during the civil war). Under the direction of Secretary of State W. Fox McKeithen, the building opened as the center for political and governmental history in 1994.