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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M95- 1
Creator: Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board.
Title, Dates: Save the Capitol records, 1971-1982.
Amount: 3.00 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Rough alphabetical order by topic or record type.
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Biographical/Historical:     The "Save the Capitol" campaign began in 1969 when the Florida Cabinet agreed more space was needed for state government.  It was decided to erect a new capitol complex on the site of the existing capitol.  According to Governor Reubin Askew (1971-1979) and the studies he ordered, the old capitol was "structurally unsound" and should be destroyed.  In 1978 the governor recommended ordering the building vacated.  Secretary of State Bruce Smathers (1974-1978) was one of the first to challenge the Governor. From the start of his term, he maintained that the old capitol was historically significant to the state of Florida and should be restored.
    Secretary of State Smather's stand to save the capitol brought letters of support from all over the state from historic societies, concerned citizens and architects.  The Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board formed a "Save the Historic Capitol Committee" which worked towards saving the capitol through letter campaigns and constant involvement with concerned citizens around Florida.  In 1978 the Legislature agreed to restore the old capitol to the original 1902 version.
Summary:     This collection documents the interest and involvement of the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board in saving the historic capitol building from demolition as the new capitol complex was being constructed.  The collection includes correspondence between concerned citizens and the Secretary of State's office, newspaper articles, research notes, architect proposals, plans and blueprints, and coordination conference minutes.  Also included are copies of photographs (c.1890s) of the old capitol.
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Associated Materials: State Archives of Florida S2353: Bobby Watt sound recording Bobby Watt / Florida Historic Capitol Museum The Bobby Watt sound recording is a digital file of Watt singing "Save the Grand ol' Lady on the Hill." Watt wrote the song for the Save the Capitol event in 1978.
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Subject Access Fields: Capitol Center Complex (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Old Capitol (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Historic sites Florida
Public buildings Florida
Added Entries Askew, Reubin O'D., 1928-
Smathers, Bruce A.