Virtual Tour: The Observation Deck

The 22nd floor is an enclosed observation deck. It is divided into the east side and the west side. The west side is rented out for parties, weddings, and other such functions. The east side is the Capitol Gallery. The Gallery displays Florida artists. The display is changed about every three months. Only Florida residents can be displayed in the gallery. The Division of Cultural Affairs manages the gallery. Trees cover a lot of Tallahassee giving the illusion that Tallahassee is smaller than it is. Rolling hills allow Tallahassee to have a different landscape from the rest of Florida. On each side of the deck is a kiosk indicating viewing points of interest. The Freedom Shrine, a collection of historical document reproductions, is located on the south wall. These reproductions include such items as the US Constitution. The reproductions were donated by the Exchange Club.

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Capitol Gallery

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Freedom Shrine

North View

The large, V-shaped area to the far northwest is Lake Jackson. The immediate center view is the downtown historic district. The broad, brick paved street is known as Adams Street Commons. The brick building at the south end of Adams Street is Tallahassee's City Hall. The building with blue trim, to the west of City Hall, is the Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science. Northeast of the Mary Brogan is the Challenger Learning Center and IMAX. To the northeast is Leon High School, built in 1936. East of the high school is Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center, one of the city's two major medical facilities.

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North View

West View

The center of this view immediately overlooks the R. A. Gray Building that houses the State Archives and the Museum of Florida History. To the right of the Gray Building is the Florida First District Court of Appeals. Beyond the Gray Building is the Leon County Civic Center. This oval-shaped, red brick building is the Leon County Civic Center. West and northwest of the Civic Center is Florida State University, home of the FSU Seminoles. The FSU Law Collage occupies the small cluster of buildings directly behind the Court of Appeals.

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West View

South View

The immediate view is comprised mostly of state office buildings. The tall triangular-shape building to the far right is the Turlington Building, which houses the Department of Education. To the far left is the historic Bloxham Building, with a terra cotta tile roof. Beyond these buildings and slightly to the right is a large complex of red brick buildings. This is Florida A&M University, home of the Rattlers football team and the famous "Marching 100" band. The large treeless area in the southwest quadrant is the Tallahassee Regional Airport and beyond it is the Apalachicola National Forest.

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South View

East View

The immediate center view overlooks Apalachee Parkway (US Highway 27) stretching to the east. This is one of Tallahassee's major roadways. Just to the right and across the street from the Old Capitol are the Florida Vietnam Memorial and the Union Bank Museum. To the left is the Leon County Courthouse.

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East View


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