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What are those stone heads at the West Virginia State Capitol?


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — The building that would become West Virginia’s current capitol began construction in 1924. The design incorporated many intricate details, from the aesthetic to the symbolic, but some who visit the capitol today may be wondering who the sculpted heads that line the building’s entrances belong to.

Designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect behind the United States Supreme Court, and constructed by the George A. Fuller Company, the West Virginia capitol building would take eight years to complete and cost a total of $9,491,180, which today would be about $209,108,015.

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