Kentucky State Capitol Building, Frankfort

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The Kentucky State Capitol is located in Frankfort and is the house of the three branches (executive, legislative, judicial) of the state government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryPrevious buildingsFrom 1792 to 1830, two buildings were used as the capitol, both of which burned completely.In 1830, another capitol was built and was used until 1910. During a bitterly contested 1899 state governor election, Democratic Party claimant William Goebel was assassinated at the capitol on his way to be inaugurated. The need for a larger building for a growing state government resulted in the replacement of that capitol building, which is now a museum operated by the Kentucky Historical Society.Current 1910 buildingIn 1904, the Kentucky General Assembly chose Frankfort (rather than Lexington or Louisville) as the location for the state capital and appropriated $1 million for the construction of a permanent state capitol building, to be located in southern Frankfort. The official ground-breaking was August 14, 1905 and construction was completed in 1909 at a cost of $1,180,434.80. The building was dedicated on June 2, 1910.
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  • I am lucky to be able to live fairly near this beautiful building. There is a huge amount of marble inside. It is very clean and remolded inside. The dome is beautiful standing underneath it, inside t...  more »
  • We went on self-guided tour and loved the building. Even the security guards were friendly and professional. All take great pride in this gorgeous place and its history. We spent an hour which was per...  more »
  • Under the dome stands a bronze statue of President Lincoln who welcomes all visitors. The lighting of the dome changes colors. The marble columns, floors, stairways and banisters as well as the artwor...  more »
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  • Beautiful building that is open to the public. You will need an ID to enter and pass through a metal detector when you enter. They have guided tours or you can look around yourself with the guidance of the nice lady at the front desk. The highlights for me were the Supreme Court room and the House and Senate Chambers. Overall great experience.
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  • Pretty cool place to go vist had great time there
  • Staff is very friendly and was easily able to walk around to my legislatures offices for meetings.
  • Stopped in to visit the building on our way back to Ohio from Colorado. My sister collects smashed pennies from different states. They had a machine in the basement. The State Patrol officer at the front door was very friendly and thought we were a bunch of goof balls I am sure. He was very friendly and made the stop even better. We did manage to look around the building before we left and I must say it is a beautiful building.

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