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Montana State Capitol, Helena

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4.7/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
The Montana State Capitol is the state capitol of the U.S. state of Montana. It houses the Montana State Legislature and is located in the state capital of Helena at 1301 East Sixth Avenue. The building was constructed between 1896 and 1902 with wing-annexes added between 1909 and 1912.HistoryA design competition for the building was conducted in 1896. The commission selected a design by George R. Mann as the winner. In 1897, after it was found that the Commission was planning to scam money from the building project, it was disbanded and a second Capitol Commission was convened. The new Commission abandoned Mann's plan as being too costly, and had a second design competition, won by Charles Emlen Bell and John Hackett Kent. While Mann's building was never built in Montana, it was selected later as the basic design for the Arkansas State Capitol.The winning design by Bell and Kent had been altered already during the construction phase, when in 1901 the commission asked for the structure to be made more imposing by increasing the height of the dome. Kent opposed the changes, as his original low spherical dome was meant to be "pure Greek", but Bell advocated the commission's request. Between 1909 and 1912, the building has been extended by addition of two new wings on the eastern and western sides.ArchitectureThe building, constructed of Montana sandstone and granite, is in Greek neoclassical architectural style, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior of the dome is covered with copper. Atop the dome is a feminine statue affectionately dubbed "Lady Liberty."
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  • An obscure location for a capitol building. Handout provided for self guided tour (near security at information booth). Nice look into the chambers through glass. Beautiful art work throughout. 
  • My husband is a history buff and can't pass up the chance to check out another state capitol building. This one is very worth the stop. The grounds are nice, the exterior is very cool, but the inside ...  read more »
  • We're going around looking at state capitals, and this one measures up to its peers pretty well. The gardens are particularly nice. You can get a good pic if you're so inclined by stopping across the ...  read more »
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