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Louisiana Noir: 1932

Louisiana Noir: 1932

September 1932. "Louisiana State Capitol at Baton Rouge. Tower lights at night. Gov. O.K. Allen. Weiss, Dreyfous & Seiferth, client." Where Huey Long was assassinated. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

UT Tower

The 1975 movie "The Deadly Tower" with Kurt Russell as Charles Whitman used this for UT Tower. The top portion of this is a polygon with many more faces than the square-shaped one in Austin so the drama of having to make the 90-degree turns at the corners on the deck as they approached Whitman is a bit muted.

Every Building a Palace

This is the kind of photo we Art Deco/Moderne fans live for -- an exceptionally beautiful twilight image, much enhanced by the framing provided by the shrubbery and the reflections in the water.

Tower Envy

The story goes that Huey Long liked the form of the Nebraska State Capitol (then under construction) but made sure his was going to be taller, which is why the one in Lincoln is the second tallest state capitol building.

Period typical

That looks very much like the Los Angeles City Hall. Or, particularly if there is an orange filter on the uplighting, the University of Texas Main Building (better known at The Tower). Both buildings date from the period of 1928-1934, although the UT Tower wasn't completed until 1937.

Well, Martha, it's either the State Capitol

or the Woolworth Building.

 
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