New York State Library, MSC_PRI3199_14
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Photograph of Corbel on State Capitol Building. c. 1890.
Who probably designed this carving?
What do you see in this carving other than a man's face?
What do you think this carving symbolizes?
Why would this figure be carved into the staircase?
Why do you think the carving of the African American man includes a broken chain?
If you were in charge of the stone carvers on the Eastern Approach, what would you carve into the staircase?
There are seventy-seven steps on the Eastern Approach to the New York State Capitol. What else are there seventy-seven of in the Capitol? Is there a connection between the two?
Math: The front staircase at the New York State Capitol extends 166 feet 7 inches from the building. If each step were equal in length, how many inches long would each step be?
Science: Research which animals were carved into the Eastern Approach. Where do these animals live?
Art: Draw a picture to symbolize literature, science, or art.
Kennedy, William. The Capitol in Albany. New York: Aperture, 1986. ISBN: 0893812099
Roseberry, Cecil R. Capitol Story. Albany: New York State Office of General Services, 1982.
Thrane, Susan W., and Tom Patterson. State Houses: America's 50 State Capitol Buildings. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press, 2005. ISBN: 1550464574