Elegance and Stability

I could bring with me a fund of information which would result in producing an Edifice not surpassed for Elegance, Convenience, Stability, and Economy of Expenditure by any building of similar Character in the Union.

Thus wrote William Nichols, in his 1835 application to be Mississippi’s state architect, five years before work was completed on what is known today as the Old Capitol, the oldest building in the city of Jackson.