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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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  • I've visited 29 capitol buildings. This is one of the most harmonious, judiciously balanced expressions of the classical architectural vocabulary I've seen. Nothing is too ostentatious, out of proport...  more »
  • As a born and raised Kentuckian who still lives, works, and is raising a family here, I have an obvious passion for our state. But I had not actually been to the Capitol building until I was in colleg...  more »
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  • We enjoyed that building as we try to visit as many stare capitols as possible, interesting all over, always a nice museum. Massiv dramatic interior. Definitely worth to visit, make sure you have your ID with you
  • I went with my kids for a field trip and enjoyed myself more than they did. Absolutely beautiful architecture and preservation. The guide was pleasant and informative.

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