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Illinois State Capitol, Springfield

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The Illinois State Capitol, located in Springfield, Illinois, is the building that houses the executive and legislative branches of the government of the U.S. state of Illinois. The current structure is the sixth to serve as capitol since Illinois became a part of the United States in 1818. The capitol is in the architectural style of the French Renaissance and was designed by Cochrane and Garnsey, an architecture and design firm based in Chicago. Ground was first broken for the new capitol on March 11, 1868, and it was completed twenty years later for a total cost of $4,500,000. The dome is covered in zinc to provide a silvery facade which does not weather. The interior of the dome features a plaster frieze painted to resemble bronze, which illustrates scenes from Illinois history, and stained glass windows (including a stained glass replica of the state seal in the oculus of the dome). The seal featured in the top of the dome is the seal used by Illinois prior to the American Civil War. It differs from the modern seal in that the phrase "State Sovereignty" is above the phrase "National Union." After the Civil War, the legislature voted to reverse these phrases as they professed that National Union was the more important of these two concepts.
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  • The Illinois State Capitol building is an attractive imposing building. Unfortunately, the legislators do not live up to their positions. Go for a visit to see where governing is supposed to take plac...  more »
  • Anyone visiting Springfield must visit the beautiful state Capitol. Built around 1888, this building could never be replicated in today's world. The marble and granite, and the stained glass in the do...  more »
  • The building is very nice and they offer free tour s every so often. Here began the political career of Obama.
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  • We have visited the Old State Capitol multiple times as local residents and we love it. Our most recent visit was this holiday season during the downtown holiday walk. The REAL Santa and Mrs. Claus were there visiting with the children and it was a hit with the entire family. They were wonderful and took the time to visit with each child. My 6-year old reported it was "a dream come true"! The staff was as welcoming as always and even had a selection of crafts for the kids. Love this place! We were sorry to miss the Civil War era Santa due to an ice storm. I highly recommend a visit to the Old State Capitol. Their tours are very interesting and if you're lucky to catch a special, on-site event, you're sure to be in for a real treat!
  • Got lucky with a very knowledgeable volunteer there to provide and orientation and answer questions. Great renovation to the 1860 period with State Supreme Court chambers as well as the State Government and Governor's office. Good info provided with the displays, but be sure to grab a guide if one is available.....it adds to the experience. Definitely worth a stop for half and hour or so.
  • This place is just FUN. It's fun to walk through it for the first time. But, it's also just fun to walk around the courtyard.
  • Our guide, Charles, was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Such wonderful history here. Don't miss it!
  • Worth a visit if you are in Springfield. Well preserved.