Idaho State Capitol Building, Boise

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The Idaho State Capitol in Boise is the home of the government of the state of Idaho. Although Lewiston, Idaho, briefly served as Idaho's capital from the formation of Idaho Territory in 1863, the territorial Legislature moved the capital to Boise on December 24, 1864.
Construction of the first portion of the capitol building began in the summer of 1905, 15 years after Idaho gained statehood. Architects were John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel. Tourtellotte was a Connecticut native whose career began in Massachusetts and skyrocketed further when he moved to Boise. Hummel was a German immigrant who partnered with Tourtellotte in 1903. The final cost of the building was just over $2 million; it was completed in 1920. The architects used varied materials to construct the building and their design was inspired by Classical examples.
Tourtellotte and Hummel used four types of marble: red marble from Georgia, gray marble from Alaska, green marble from Vermont, and black marble from Italy. Architectural inspirations included St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St Paul's Cathedral in London and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The most prominent feature of the capitol is its dome. Surmounting this dome is a bronze eagle, 5ft tall. The capitol building is 208ft high, occupies an area of 201720sqft, and contains over 50000sqft of artistically carved marble.
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  • Walked to it today. Beautiful building. Went on a Saturday, free on street parking. Walked over to the law library next door. Love the architecture, must see if you like looking at building architectu...  more »
  • This Capital Building is amazing inside. It is full of light during the day and night. My children sang in a choir in the rotunda of this building and it was so beautiful. A definite must see.  more »
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  • Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable and great with kids! It was a pleasure to learn some amazing facts about this important building and our connection to Lincoln. Also about how marble patterns were artistically created on concrete over wood to keep the cost down.
  • We took the group guided tour of the Capitol Building over the summer. Simply spectacular, the white marble has to be seen up close. Extraordinary place and fascinating history. Highly recommended to plan ahead to schedule a tour.

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