The Delaware Legislative Hall is the state capitol building of Delaware located in the state capital of Dover on Legislative Avenue. It houses the chambers and offices of the Delaware General Assembly. It was designed in the Colonial Revival architecture style by E. William Martin and Norman M. Isham.
The building was designed in the Colonial Revival style by E. William Martin and Norman Isham, under the direction of the State Buildings and Grounds Commission, created by Governor C. Douglass Buck in 1931 during the Great Depression. Initially the commission was awarded to Isham, but his appointment was protested by Alfred Victor Du Pont (on the grounds that Isham was not a resident of Delaware); therefore, local architect Martin was brought in. The influence of Isham is clear when one notes the resemblance of many architectural details to Old Colony House in Newport, Rhode Island, a building which Isham had restored in 1932.
Old State HouseThe original capitol of Delaware was the State House, located on The Green in Dover. It was commissioned originally by Kent County as the Kent County Court House, and was constructed from 1787 to 1791, when it became the State House. Kent County and the state government shared the building until 1873, when the Kent County government relocated. The State House was used until the completion of Legislative Hall. Plan to see Legislative Hall and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dover visit planner.
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This is another capital building with nice architecture. The building is two floors connected by a center staircase. The first floor gives access to the chambers and offices while the second floor...
This is another capital building with nice architecture. The building is two floors connected by a center staircase. The first floor gives access to the chambers and offices while the second floor... more »
We are visiting capitol buildings all across the country and this one is small but nice. We met a very helpful senator who took us around the building like we were old friends. The structure itself.... more
We are visiting capitol buildings all across the country and this one is small but nice. We met a very helpful senator who took us around the building like we were old friends. The structure itself.... more »
We visited on New Year's Day, so the building wasn't open. However, we enjoyed walking around the building and looking at everything. We found it funny that one side was essentially just parking for the legislators and other government officials, and not a large, grassy expanse or one of the other things you typically see around state capitols. It didn't really detract from the building. It was just different.
Beautiful location. Highly recommend parking, and walking around. Amazing history throughout the whole area.
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