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State Capitol Welcome Center, Baton Rouge

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Government Building
The Louisiana State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Louisiana and is located in downtown Baton Rouge. The capitol houses the chambers for the Louisiana State Legislature, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the office of the Governor of Louisiana. At 450ft tall and with 34 stories, it is the tallest building in Baton Rouge, the seventh tallest building in Louisiana, and tallest capitol in the United States. It is located on a 27acre tract, which includes the capitol gardens. The Louisiana State Capitol is often thought of as "Huey Long's monument" due to the influence of the former Governor and U.S. Senator in getting the capitol built. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.HistoryIn order to secure the mouth of the Mississippi River for the French, the town of New Orleans was founded in 1718 and became the capital for colony of Louisiana in 1722. In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ceded the portion of Louisiana that was west of the Mississippi River, as well as New Orleans, to Spain and the remaining territory east of the Mississippi was turned over to Great Britain. The French reclaimed Louisiana from the Spanish in 1803 after the Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1800; the territory was then sold as the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. The formal transfers of Louisiana from Spain to France took place in front of the colonial seat of government The Cabildo in November 1803, with the transfer from France to the U.S. occurring there, as well, less than a month later.
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  • Great views from the observation deck! Stop on the first floor first and look at both senate and house chambers. The first floor detail and artwork is really impressive. The observation deck is on the...  more »
  • It was nice experience to see the Capitol building. It shows how Americans are proud of their nation. Every step on the stairs to the Capitol has the name of one of American states, like in every Capi...  more »
  • Worth visiting just for the visit to the observation deck. You have to go through security scanners (understandable in this day and age), then take the elevator to the 24th floor and switch to the ele...  more »
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  • Fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable staff on the present happenings and on the history. The view from the top of the building is spectacular and the grounds are beautiful. I've brought my kids here countless times and they love it as much as i do.
  • I loved this stop of our trip. The gardens are beautiful when viewed from the top of the capitol building.
  • The mini downtown area with all the government buildings is really well done, and towering above them all is the State Capital. Walking onto the property the hedge design is lovely. As you get closer to the building itself, minute details start to pop out. Carvings in the stone are truly picture worthy...as is the impressive building itself (tallest State Capital in the country at 450 feet). Upon entering there are some cases with artifacts. Relatively bland and government building-esque. You head up to the 1st floor (you start out on the ground floor), and the room you walk into is absolutely gorgeous. Everything from the beautiful paintings on the walls of the outside of the Senate and HOR (both are lovely but your typical government rooms) chambers to the seal on the middle of the floor showcasing LA and its parishes and what goods are grown in each. There is beautiful marble and stone everywhere. Make sure the tower is open and head up 2 elevators to the top. An expansive 360 view outside awaits. Being that high up with no other real obstructions in the way was really lovely and worth seeing.
  • The restrooms are very welcoming. Will visit again.
  • “Great Place to Visit” The Louisiana State Capitol is one of only a few without a dome. The building is a skyscraper with an observation deck. From the deck you get a good view of the surrounding area. The interior is beautiful and filled with history from a bomb to the assassination of Governor Huey P Long.