The original vintage postcard, from 1910, of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California shows the capitol at night lit by moonlight.
Reuben Clark, the architect of the California State Capitol, finalized his plans in 1856, but the construction of the building was delayed until March, 1960 due to disagreement among legislators over the exact location for the site. Following a controversy involving plagiarism, the Commission selected plans presented by M. F. Butler. According to the Sacramento Daily Union, Reuben Clark had prepared the plans while employed by M. F. Butler. In the end, both architects were employed by the state and the construction began.
Today, the State Capitol, serves both as a museum and the state’s working seat of government. The original design by Reuben Clark for the California’s Capitol included all three branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Today, only the executive and legislative branches are located here. The executive branch is located in the East Annex, which was added to the Capitol in 1951. The Assembly is in the north wing; the Senate is in the south wing. The judicial branch is now across the street in the Library and Courts building.
The California State Capitol Museum includes many rooms within the Capitol that have been preserved for public viewing as well as galleries of historic artwork.