Here is one of the lions that "guard" the East entrance. In times past I have climbed on them while on dates and being a little crazy. Ah... the good old days. With the recent renovation, these boys are looking good. OH! Did I not mention that? In the last few years they did a full remodel/seismic upgrade and it looks really really good. As I hope to show you in my next few shots... It is worth a try right?
As you would expect with a building like this, the rotunda/dome is the focal point, it is beautifully painted and a treat to see.
There are 4 arches around the outside of the rotunda I'm not sure why but I really loved the way they look, even though I am more of an Gothic than Roman Arch kind of guy.
Looking back to the East stair to the gallery. I would love to use this as the backdrop to a fancy couple in full evening wear. Probably a cliche, bet it has been done to death before.
I spent 15-20 minutes waiting for this guy to leave, but he was wandering around measuring the floor to put something square in the middle. Finally I came to my senses and thought that this would make a great picture. Static huge building with just a tiny sign of life.