New Mexico State Capitol - July 27th, 2020

Visit the New Mexico Capitol building in Santa Fe, first established as a capital city in 1610 by Spain

Known as the Roundhouse, it's the only round capitol building in the US

There is much art work surrounding the capitol grounds, Waterbearers

Earth Mother by Estella Loretto in 1992

Passage by Dan Namingha, 1999

Not a clear view of the round capitol building through the trees

Modern sculpture by Apache artist Bob Haozous

When Friends Meet by Allan Haozous, 1987, dedicated 1996

New Mexico became America's 47th state on January 6, 1912

Morning Prayer is at the main east entrance under the Great Seal

The four-story Roundhouse includes a subterranean story

The central interior Rotunda rises 60 feet through the top three stories

Combined elements of NM Territorial style, Pueblo adobe & Greek Revival

The 232,000 square-foot Roundhouse was dedicated on December 8, 1966

Moon Shaman sculpture by Douglas Coffin at the back main entrance

Capitol Building and all restaurants are closed for business

Continue to walk around the circular building

The Capitol was completed in 1966 and renovated in 1988

Ground floor vehicle access below south side entrance & balcony

Turquoise encrusted door handles on the capitol building

Citizens protest the Governor closing all NM business due to COVID

The State Seal, carved in stone, hangs above each of four entrances

Senator Cutting died in a plane crash resulting in air traffic safety studies