As is usual with Kickstarter projects, there are rewards for different levels of support. At the lowest level, a pledge of $25 or more earns an 8-by-10 print of any image from the book. At $50, the print will be mounted and signed. At the upper-level pledge of $2,500 or more, along with full name recognition in the book, a special page can be printed in front of the book with any design and message a supporter chooses with the books at half-cost.
For more details on the campaign, type in "West Virginia State Capitol" at Kickstarter.com.
Lieberman plans to publish 2,500 books if the campaign succeeds (Kickstarter campaigns must meet their financial goal or all pledges are voided). The book should contain about 60 to 70 photographs and will be designed by Michael Teel, creative director for the Charleston marketing company Progressity.
Gilbert was an early proponent of skyscrapers and designed the Woolworth Building, which for a time was the tallest building in the world. He was responsible for numerous museums including the St. Louis Art Museum, and also designed the Minnesota and Arkansas capitols.
A book devoted to Gilbert's work on the West Virginia Capitol will give the building its due, especially to those unfamiliar with Gilbert's work in the Mountain State's capital city, Lieberman said.
"They are surprised to hear he did a building here and that our capitol is one of the best in the country.
"I think it's a great way to promote the state of West Virginia because it will garner some national interest because he's such a well-known national figure. I think it's a great way to promote a positive image of West Virginia."
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