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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. Plan to see Idaho State Capitol Building and other attractions that appeal to you using our Boise travel route planner.
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  • There is plenty of metered parking nearby and downtown Boise is much more pretty than I expected. The Capitol is well signposted and easy to find. The dome is impressive as is the whole ambience of... 
    There is plenty of metered parking nearby and downtown Boise is much more pretty than I expected. The Capitol is well signposted and easy to find. The dome is impressive as is the whole ambience of...  more »
  • we have visited most of the capitols in the usa and this one is one of our favourites. because of the interior. Which is completely in white (faux) marble. 
    we have visited most of the capitols in the usa and this one is one of our favourites. because of the interior. Which is completely in white (faux) marble.  more »
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  • So amazing and beautiful! Definitely worth checking out if you’re in Boise. You can walk around and see the building. They have a lower level that has a lot of history and information.
  • This place is spectacular! This beautiful building is definitely a must-see when in the Boise area. You can schedule a tour or do a self-tour and read the various signs posted throughout the building. There is a small theatre where you can watch a fascinating documentary on the history and construction of the building. There is also a great gift shop downstairs.

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