Kansas State Capitol Building, Topeka
The Kansas State Capitol, known also as the Kansas Statehouse, is the building housing the executive and legislative branches of government for the U.S. state of Kansas. It is located in the city of Topeka, which has served as the capital of Kansas since it became a state in 1861. It is the second building to serve as the Kansas Capitol.Add Kansas State Capitol Building and other attractions to your Topeka trip itinerary using our Topeka trip builder tool .
The dome, at 304ft, is taller than the 288ft United States Capitol dome, although its diameter (50ft) is approximately half that of the national capitol (96ft). It is one of the few capitols in the United States that continues to offer tours that go to the top of the dome. Visitors enter the dome by climbing 296 steps leading from the fifth floor to the top.
19th centuryThe land for Capitol Square was donated by Cyrus K. Holliday via his Topeka Town Company in 1862. The master architect was Edward Townsend Mix with the wings designed by John G. Haskell. Construction on the East Wing began in 1866, using "native" limestone from Geary County, Kansas. Construction began on the West Wing in 1879 using limestone from Cottonwood Falls, Kansas and in 1881, the legislature authorized and appropriated funds for the construction of a central building to link the two wings. Construction of this central building began in 1886, and the contract for dome construction was let in May, 1889.
20th centuryThe building was declared officially complete in 1903, after 37 years of construction.
Kansas State Capitol Building Reviews
The murals are beautifully done and represent the history of the state. The capitol recently completed a multi year facelift. The underground free public parking allows entrance into the building with... more »
Beautiful capital building with all the copper accents. Pictures do not show the true beauty. Public entrance is on ground level through north wing on 8th Ave. Free underground parking garage. Entranc... more »
An absolutely beautiful building. The visitor center is a wonderful addition with some really fantastic artifacts and displays that are worth an hour of your time alone. We visited the governor's office and the time the staff took to show us around was inspiring. It's a shame that such a dysfunctional government is housed in this gorgeous building.
Kansas is the only state that allows visitors to climb up and on top of the state building dome. This is not a tour for those afraid of heights. The latter portion of the tour takes you up hanging ladders and a spiral staircase at the very top of the dome interior. But the views from the outdoor terrace just below the statue are great. The tour is free and departs from the fifth floor by the caged elevator (easy to find).
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