Under the Dome

Decorate your tree with a statehouse ornament

Are you obsessed with everything that happens on Jones Street? How about the Legislative Building itself?

If it’s really special to you, consider buying a Christmas tree ornament depicting the home of your General Assembly. The N.C. Museum of History has designed just such an ornament in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the statehouse.

That anniversary comes up in a few weeks, marking the legislature’s move from the State Capitol on Union Square, where it had met since 1840, into the new digs for the 1963 session. It was designed by famed architect Edward Durrell Stone.

The history museum has been designing an annual ornament as part of a series since 1983, focusing on state buildings, symbols and places. This one, made in the U.S.A., depicts the building rendered in color on silver.

They’re selling it for $16. Go to the museum, or its website at

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