Foyer | Nebraska State Capitol

Foyer

The theme of the Foyer is the “Life of Man”. On the floor are three mosaics which represent the Earth, “The Spirit of the Soil”, “The Spirit of Vegetation” and “The Spirit of Animal Life”. The three medallions in the ceiling represent “Traditions of the Past”, “Life of the Present” and “Ideas of the Future”.

The foyer ceiling with mosaics of the activities of society.

The foyer ceiling with mosaics of the activities of society.

The United State Survey by Charles Clement

The United State Survey by Charles Clement

The Blizzard of 1888 by Jeanne Reynal

The Blizzard of 1888 by Jeanne Reynal

Treeplanting by Jeanne Reynal

Treeplanting by Jeanne Reynal

The Coming of the Railroad by F. John Miller

The Coming of the Railroad by F. John Miller

The Building of the Capitol by Reinhold Marxhausen

The Building of the Capitol by Reinhold Marxhausen

The Spirit of Nebraska by Reinhold Marxhausen

The Spirit of Nebraska by Reinhold Marxhausen

View of Nebraska's Hall of Fame

View of Nebraska's Hall of Fame

View of southwest gallery and Hall of Fame members

View of southwest gallery and Hall of Fame members

Governor Ricketts starts the fountain during the dedication ceremony.

Governor Ricketts starts the fountain during the dedication ceremony.

Blue tile lined fountain

Blue tile lined fountain

White tile lined fountain

White tile lined fountain

red tile lined fountain

red tile lined fountain

yellow tile lined fountain with water flowing

yellow tile lined fountain with water flowing

The window arches contain figures to represent the activities of society: the Family, the School, Recreation, Reflection, Beauty and Truth. The four inward facing ceiling panels symbolize Law, Labor, Public Spirit and Religion.

The six large mosaics on the walls were commissioned to celebrate Nebraska’s Centennial in 1967. They are: The United State Survey by Charles Clement, The Blizzard of 1888 and Tree Planting by Jeanne Reynal, The Coming of the Railroad by F. John Miller, and The Spirit of Nebraska and The Building of the Capitol by Reinhold Marxhaussen.

The Nebraska Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1961 and includes busts of individuals who have served Nebraska and the nation. Starting in the Foyer, the Hall of Fame continues in the Courtyard Galleries. From the courtyard galleries the fountains added to complete architect Bertram Goodhue’s original vision and celebrate Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial can be viewed.