Welcome to Austin, Portland, Oregon’s sister city and holding the same nickname of “Keep Austin Weird.” Also, it is the home of the largest state capitol building. The only capitol building that is larger than it in gross square footage is the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. The capitol building is, however, the tallest capitol building in the United States. The material that was used for the building was “Sunset Red” granite from a mere 50 miles away. The minor details were important, too. Each exquisitely carved wooden door was hung with custom hinges. In fact, because it is such an amazing building, there are laws prohibiting the obstruction of the building. If you ever visit, make sure you don’t whisper in the rotunda (or, if it’s something good, feel free to). It’s a whispering gallery! I had a lot of fun at the state capitol and I hope you visit.