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Montana State Capitol, Helena

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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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  • We were here for two weeks and thought we would stop by the state capital. It's a must see. There's so much history and so much going on! Come on out and see what's happening! My teenager was very int...  more »
  • Free attraction! Lots of free parking and some great history about Montana. Tour guide very informative. But after an hour younger kids will get bored.  more »
  • Amazing day. 10,000 plus turned out to speak for justice, fairness, and equality. The Capitol was the perfect setting for this display of unity.  more »