As Time Goes By

A Picture Essay

Below are drawings of the buildings that have served as centers for lawmaking in North Carolina. Compare and contrast them, noting their similarities and differences; think about why these buildings are similar or different. Also, think about why the General Assembly moved from Tryon Palace to the State Capitol building and from the State Capitol building to the Legislative Building. Write an essay on your thoughts.

engraving of Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace 1770-1776 (From 1776 to 1794 the North Carolina legislature met in various towns.)

drawing of the state house

State House 1794-1820

engraving of remodeled state house

Remodeled State House 1820-1831

State Capitol 1840-1961

State Capitol 1840-1961

Legislative building

Legislative Building 1963-Present