Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass
Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Blenko at the State Capitol
The tallest building in West Virginia, the State Capitol overlooks the Kanawha River in Charleston. The exterior of the classical-styled building is buff Indiana limestone. More than 700 train carloads of limestone and 4,640 tons of steel were used in its construction.
The magnificent 293- foot gold dome (the largest state capitol dome in the country!) which tops the structure is five feet higher than the dome of the U.S. Capitol. The entire dome is gilded in 14 karat gold leaf applied to the copper and lead roof in tiny 3 3/8 inch squares.
Two thirds of the interior of the Capitol is marble - Imperial Danby, Italian Travertine, Tennessee, and white Vermont. Consisting of 535,000 square feet of floor space, the building has 333 rooms in its main unit and two wings.
The State Capitol, and neighboring Cultural Center, are a must visit - even for the non glass enthusiast!
Guided tours conducted Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm. Capitol open to public Monday-Saturday 9 am to 7 pm and Sundays 12 to 7 pm. 304/558-4839 or 1-800-CALL-WVA.