Elijah E. Meyers, runner-up in the Samuel Clemens look-alike contest, designed the Texas State Capitol as well as capitol buildings in Michigan and Colorado. Seriously, that dude had a thing for domes. Once you disentangle the building's staunch Renaissance Revival and Neoclassical style from the political ideologies of Republicanism (not the elephant kind), it's easy to lose yourself in the grandeur of that place. And you know, that's the point. Standing almost a full 20 feet higher than its big brother in Washington D.C., our capitol has a superiority complex. Rightly so.