Our sexy forefathers

By Akum Norder

Thumbnail image for war room detail.How about a little eye candy for Valentine's Day?

The halls of government may not be the first place you think to go to admire the male physique. (Insert Christopher Lee joke here.) But take a gander at the ceiling of the War Room in the state Capitol.

It's a tour through New York's violent past, as depicted in the impressively muscled ceiling murals:

First, of course, the battle for New York involved the Native Americans vs. the French:

war room four.

Then, the French vs. the Dutch:

War Room One.

The Dutch vs. the English:

War Room Two.

And, finally, the English vs. the Americans:

war room three.

The wrestling! The killing! The testosterone!

William de Leftwich Dodge painted these cinematic murals in the 1920s. The works were not meant to be viewed this closely: The plan had been to knock out the floor and make this space the top of a multi-story rotunda. That idea died when the Depression hit.

The War Room, officially called the Governor's Reception Room, has been used as storage space and used to be divided up into cubicles. Restoring the murals in the 1990s cost $345,000. Now the room is open, public space, quite near the Hall of Governors.

Is it warm in here? Or is it just the battle smoke?

Comments

YOW-ZA! Who knew New York State was forged on such muscular backs? This makes me so proud to be a New Yorker!

Public space you say? This is the room where the redistricting battles should be held.

Well that's... sort of appalling.

"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the war room!"

Carrie wins the prize. ; )

I really need to go back to the Capitol. :)

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Today's moment of summer

Bzzzzzz.... (more)

Living in the "unhappy" belt

Are you happy living here? Would you be happier if you lived somewhere else? The Albany area ranks #142 out of 318 metro areas in... (more)

So, it's not really tiny films?

The Cuomo admin announced Wednesday that a film production company based at Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries ("the new nano film hub"... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: riding through the night, the Johns Brook Lodge, the Catskills, a... (more)

Rensselaerville Festival of Writers 2014

The annual Rensselaerville Festival of Writers returns August 15-17 in (surprise) Rensselaerville. Among the lineup of authors for this year's festival: Elisa Albert, Shin Yu... (more)

Recent Comments

... It's heartening to see that the neighborhood is seeing early stages of revival - I think a lot of cities are starting to realize the potential and charm of historic warehouse and factory buildings. I'm sort of conflicted because although I want to see them all saved, I like the sort of gritty time-worn quality of peeling paint, dirty brick, and faded signage...

Cherry Plain State Park

...has 8 comments, most recently from Carl

What's up in the Neighborhood

...has 2 comments, most recently from Carl

Albany's oldest buildings

...has 2 comments, most recently from Peter leue

Remembering Friday nights in Troy

...has 9 comments, most recently from Nicole

Morning Blend for Jul 30

...has 1 comment, most recently from Chris