Hildreth Meiere designed the mosaics here and in many places throughout the Capitol. She was a native of New York. She first worked with Capitol architect Bertram Goodhue on the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C. When he was chosen to design the Nebraska Capitol, Goodhue invited Meiere to create the mosaics for the vestibule (entrance hall). Her work was such a success she was asked to create mosaics for the foyer, the rotunda, and the legislative chambers. After Goodhue died, Meiere worked with philosopher Hartley Burr Alexander who chose the symbols and inscriptions to complete work on the Capitol.
Each column in the vestibule (entrance hall) has a capital (a top part)
sculpted with symbols of the state, including bison, corn, wheat, and
How many of each plant or animal are in the vestibule?
The plaques in the vestibule are for the Capitol’s National Register Landmark
designation. In 1976, the National Parks Service of the United States
Department of the Interior decided to make Nebraska’s Capitol a National
What do you think makes our Capitol a landmark? What landmarks are in your area?
The other plaque in the vestibule (entrance hall) is to honor and remember the Capitol builders, the Building Commission, and members of the Construction Committee.