Hildreth Meiere was born in New York City in 1892 to a household where art was an important part of life.
Hildreth Meiere ( Historical Society )
As a teenager she decided to become an artist and was taken to Florence, Italy to begin her studies. There she was exposed to classical art and the great artists of the Renaissance. Upon her return to the United States she continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York and art schools in San Francisco.
After the Great War she went back to New York and worked on Beaux Arts projects and met Bertram Goodhue.
She worked on many commissions for Goodhue, her experience as a mural painter complimenting Goodhue’s belief that decoration was fundamental to monumental architecture.
Her work for Goodhue includes the mosaics of St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, the dome of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., and the floors and ceilings of the Nebraska State Capitol, for which she received the 1928 Gold Medal in Mural Painting from the Architectural League of New York.
Up until her death in 1961 she acknowledged the Nebraska State Capitol as her crowning achievement.
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The architect who designed the Nebraska State Capitol was Bertram Goodhue. The thematic program of the Capitol was developed by Dr. Hartley Burr Alexander. Sculptor for the Capitol was Lee Lawrie, and Hildreth Meiere designed all the floor and ceiling mosaics. The building was constructed over a ten year period in four building phases. Construction began in 1922 and was completed in 1932. Total cost of the building was just under $10 million.
Capitol quick facts
- Construction started in 1922, completed in 1932.
- The architect was Bertram G. Goodhue.
- There are 15 floors above ground.
- The building is 400 feet tall.
- It is the third Nebraska State Capitol.
- It cost $9.8 million in 1932 dollars.
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