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New 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.
Previous 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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  • My sister and I stopped to tour this beautiful building. Self guided tour. The security guard was very helpful. He provided information on the building , hours and exit to use when the building was cl...  more »
  • Upon arriving the capitol building was impressive, the grounds were well kept and the landscaping was beautiful. The inside of the capitol building is indescrible you must see it for yourself. Im very...  more »
  • I was only in Frankfort for one day during a road trip and sadly it was a Saturday when the Capitol building was closed. So I visited the outside only. It’s well sign posted, set in fantastic gardens ...  more »
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  • Beautiful building, but I just can't get over the support for Moscow Mitch. Do better Kentucky.
  • We enjoyed that building as we try to visit as many stare capitols as possible, interesting all over, always a nice museum. Massiv dramatic interior. Definitely worth to visit, make sure you have your ID with you
  • I went with my kids for a field trip and enjoyed myself more than they did. Absolutely beautiful architecture and preservation. The guide was pleasant and informative.
  • First of all, the information staff and security officers were very friendly and went beyond the norm to make my wife and I feel welcome. The self guided tour using the provided handout is excellent and easy to follow. The building is as beautiful as any capitol we have toured and the stained glass skylights are magnificent. Definitely Should take the time to stop and see if you are in the area.
  • Excellent...one of the most beautiful state capitols I've seen this far!
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