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New Capitol Building, Frankfort

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The Kentucky State Capitol is located in Frankfort and is the house of the three branches (executive, legislative, judicial) of the state government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Previous buildingsFrom 1792 to 1830, two buildings were used as the capitol, both of which burned completely.
In 1830, another capitol was built and was used until 1910. During a bitterly contested 1899 state governor election, Democratic Party claimant William Goebel was assassinated at the capitol on his way to be inaugurated. The need for a larger building for a growing state government resulted in the replacement of that capitol building, which is now a museum operated by the Kentucky Historical Society.
Current 1910 buildingIn 1904, the Kentucky General Assembly chose Frankfort (rather than Lexington or Louisville) as the location for the state capital and appropriated $1 million for the construction of a permanent state capitol building, to be located in southern Frankfort. The official ground-breaking was August 14, 1905 and construction was completed in 1909 at a cost of $1,180,434.80. The building was dedicated on June 2, 1910.
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  • Impressive! So glad we visited and toured this most impressive and beautiful capitol. We arrived in time for a tour. It was just m husband and me. Our tour guide Nick was terrific! He has a real.....  more
    Impressive! So glad we visited and toured this most impressive and beautiful capitol. We arrived in time for a tour. It was just m husband and me. Our tour guide Nick was terrific! He has a real.....  more »
  • My wife and I have a thing about touring capitols. It's a great way to learn about history, architecture, and local culture. Such was true of the Capitol in Frankfort. When we arrived, we had just.....  more
    My wife and I have a thing about touring capitols. It's a great way to learn about history, architecture, and local culture. Such was true of the Capitol in Frankfort. When we arrived, we had just.....  more »
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  • I visit state capitol buildings. Kentucky has a very nice capitol with beautiful landscaping, gorgeous entry way with Italian marble throughout. An assortment of paintings and statues. Abe Lincoln featured in the rotunda. A interior dome that changes color. Grand sweeping marble stairs and stained glass throughout. Rich in history and pride, I would recommend this state capitol for a visit. The city of Frankfort is pretty cool as well. Lots of historical buildings downtown.
  • The staff is super nice and the lady who did the tour was very kind and did a great job showing us the important rooms and details and was always giving us a lot of information. The capitol building is huge and has such a great architecture. A visit is definitely worth it!

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