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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. Work out when and for how long to visit New Capitol Building and other Frankfort attractions using our handy Frankfort holiday builder website.
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  • This is a beautiful capitol building - inside and outside. The interior is grand with marble everywhere and some nice murals tucked in corners of the vast rotunda. We spent about an hour exploring.....  more
    This is a beautiful capitol building - inside and outside. The interior is grand with marble everywhere and some nice murals tucked in corners of the vast rotunda. We spent about an hour exploring.....  more »
  • Our Capitol Building tour was fascinating and engaging. History came alive as we toured all three levels of the building. The display of authentic period dolls was particularly interesting. We were....  more
    Our Capitol Building tour was fascinating and engaging. History came alive as we toured all three levels of the building. The display of authentic period dolls was particularly interesting. We were....  more »
  • During COVID we were not permitted inside the capitol building but had a beautiful walk around it. After hours we were able to find easy parking right beside the building on the right side of it and....  more
    During COVID we were not permitted inside the capitol building but had a beautiful walk around it. After hours we were able to find easy parking right beside the building on the right side of it and....  more »
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  • I visit state capitol buildings. Kentucky has a very nice capitol with beautiful landscaping, gorgeous entry way with Italian marble throughout. An assortment of paintings and statues. Abe Lincoln featured in the rotunda. A interior dome that changes color. Grand sweeping marble stairs and stained glass throughout. Rich in history and pride, I would recommend this state capitol for a visit. The city of Frankfort is pretty cool as well. Lots of historical buildings downtown.
  • A visit to the Kentucky State Capital is a must. Not only can you meet with your state legislators, you can watch them from the gallery, see the dolls of the First Ladies and the quilt squares made for each county. The architecture is amazing and the Capital rotunda is a sight to behold. I would go early because parking fills up fast. There is a cafeteria in the Annex building where all the legislators office are as well.
  • Finished a tour with Mr.Lee Watts from Patriot Point and I am so glad we took our kids for the capital tour. We really want to come back when it gets warmer. It's so important we show our kids the place where their elected officials work hard to keep our state great. We learned so much about the Christian heritage in our history as a state something very important to my family and I.
  • I think locations like this needs to do a better job at updating their Google presence on when and how long they are closed, it would be helpful to those traveling to the area. Aside from that it was really nice getting to walk around outside and see everything.
  • Great walk around the Capitol and the grounds. We really liked the Veteran’s Memorial.

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