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Idaho State Capitol Building, Boise

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Must see · Government Building · Monument
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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  • A very beautiful building from outside and inside... very clean restrooms .... an old building that tells much about the history of Boise ! The first floor is dedicated to information... then you...  more »
  • This is a fascinating building, best seen in the company of a tour guide so you don't miss anything. From the life size statue of Lincoln and the replica of the Liberty Bell out front, to the workings of the geothermal heating system, there's a lot to take in. More statues and photos and displays inside touch on Idaho's super-interesting history. If you're lucky there will be a fair or concert on the grounds!
  • State Capitols are always super fun to visit, but they are usually a little out of the way if you're traveling or passing through the state - rarely do you find the State Capitol to also be the largest city. That's what makes Boise great.

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