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Kansas State Capitol Building, Topeka

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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.
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.
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  • If you only visit the John Stuart Curry murals on 2nd floor- your trip will be more than worth it The John Brown mural is staggering in its power There is free parking for 2 hours for a visit No...  more »
  • I can’t even begin to describe it. It was just beautiful and pretty ornate. Lots of huge murals, marble and decorative carvings.  more »
  • I have visited 43 state capitols and the national one in DC. Recognizing it had been years since I had actually toured our home capitol in Topeka, my husband and I went today. In all honesty, I have to say that the KS capitol building is one of, if not the, nicest in the country. I have always thought it was attractive, but the renovations/restorations of a few years ago, regaining original colors and patterns, while adding more light, have made it absolutely beautiful. The museum area in the basement is also really well done and a big surprise. The best thing, however, is being able to go clear to the top of the dome and out on the encircling balcony as a guided tour. That is unique in our capitol experiences and the tour information was entertaining and informative. All of the staff members were pleasant and helpful. I highly, highly recommend visiting.
  • Definitely the most amazing capital I have seen to date. And I'm up to 31states. Beautiful building with huge stone foundation blocks. Also a very rich history if you have the time to spend all day reading it. You can also climb to the top of the dome. Climb early though, it gets a little warm in the summer up top.

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