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United States Capitol Building from the northwest.

Aerial view of the U.S. Capitol Building with present day dome and cupola.  A public domain image courtesy of William J. Ball.

States with Capitol Buildings featuring prominent exterior cupolas are highlighted in yellow.  Historical information appearing on this page comes from the same sources acknowledged on the first page of this gallery.

Click on any picture to see an enlarged version, or to view the other historic images available in the Cupolas of Capitalism Picture Gallery.  Note as previously mentioned, the 3D links from Google and MS Bing may require a browser plug-in and repeated loading to display correctly.

 
STATE CITY STATE CAPITOL STREET ADDRESS(es) / BUILDING DATE(s) / ARCHITECT(s) BLDG. DESCRIPTION(s), IMAGE(s) and SITE LINK(s)
Florida Tallahassee
(Old & New State Capitols)
Old State Capitol at 400 S. Monroe St. (at Apalachee Pkwy.) / bird's eye view rotated to show front from MS Bing; street and 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model of both old and new capitols from Google 3D warehouse.

1839-1845, Old State Capitol designed and built (central core only) with small dome and cupola / Carry Butt.

1900-1902, Old State Capitol renovated, flanking wings added, and dome and cupola replaced with grander Beaux Arts design / Frank Milburn.

1923, 1936, and 1947, enlargements.  All removed in 1978 when restored to its 1902 appearance / ? architect(s).

1978-82, Old State Capitol restoration / Shepard Associates.
 
 
New State Capitol at 402 S. Monroe St. (behind old capitol and bordering S. Duval & W. Pensacola Streets) / bird's eye view rotated to show front from MS Bing; street and 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model of both old and new capitols from Google 3D warehouse.

1972-1977, New State Capitol designed and built / Edward Durell Stone of New York, NY in a joint venture with Reynolds, Smith and Hills of Jacksonville, FL.
Old Florida State Capitol Building. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
Greek Revival Old Capitol building
is 136 feet tall.  Central drum tower capped with a verdigris colored dome and cupola.  Official building info, photos, and virtual tours available offsite at the official Florida Historic Capitol website.  A photo essay of Florida's capitols is available from the Florida Department of State.  The Florida State Senate also offer its own photo tour of old and new capitols.
General view of the Florida State Capitol Building. Photo courtesy of Pat and Debbi Furrie, taken in June of 2003.
New Capitol building
is an adjacent, 322 foot tall, flat topped skyscraper in the International Style.  The Florida sites listed above also include coverage of this building.
Georgia Atlanta 206 Washington St. SW. (between Mitchell St. SW. & Martin Luther King Dr. SW.) / bird's eye view rotated to show front from MS Bing; street and 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from Google 3D warehouse.

1883-89, Capitol designed and built / Willoughby J. Edbrooke and Franklin P. Burnham.

1957-58, renovations to capitol, including gold gilding of dome / (Abraham Thomas) Bradbury & Associates.

1981, dome regilded / ? architect.

1994-2007, interior restoration work to the atria, rotunda, public corridors, House and Senate chambers, and the Appropriations Room.  General restoration of exterior surfaces, Miss Freedom statue, and capitol grounds.  Renovations to the building's structural, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems / Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
Late 20th Century photo showing a general view of the Georgia State Capitol Building. From the Library of Congress's Historic American Buildings Survey.
Italian Renaissance Revival capitol building
.  Central circular drum tower capped with a gilded dome and cupola.  259 feet 7 inches tall from the ground to the top of Miss Freedom, the statue crowning the cupola.  A detailed history of the capitol and its predecessors is available offsite here.  The Georgia Capitol Museum offers virtual tours of the capitol, building history, brochures, and more.  The National Park Service offers its own article on the capitol.  Photographer Edward Crim has also made an excellent photo gallery available.
Hawaii Honolulu
(Old & New State Capitols)
Old State Capitol at 364 S. King St. (at Mililani St.) / bird's eye view from MS Bing; street and maybe a forthcoming 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from Google 3D warehouse.

1879-82, Iolani Palace designed and built as residence for Hawaiian royalty / Thomas J. Baker (initial architect & designer), later succeeded by Charles J. Wall & Isaac Moore.

1893, Hawaiian monarchy overthrown.  Iolani Palace remodeled as the seat of the new Provisional Government of Hawaii and renamed the Executive Building, evolving into the capitol of the Territorial Government.  From 1959-68, it serves as Hawaii's first State Capitol, housing the legislature and governor's office / ? architects.

1966-78, phased restoration of Iolani Palace, reopening as museum in 1978 / Friends of Iolani Palace with Geoffrey W. Fairfax, Spencer Leineweber, Glenn E. Mason, and Charles E. Peterson as restoration architects.

1979-present, phased restoration continues.
 
 
New State Capitol at 415 S. Beretania St. (at Punchbowl St.) / bird's eye view rotated to show front from MS Bing; street and maybe a forthcoming 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from Google 3D warehouse.

1960-69 New State Capitol designed and built / Belt, Lemon, and Lo with John Carl Warneke and Assoc.
Mid 20th Century photo of the Iolani Palace. From the Library of Congress's Historic American Buildings Survey.
The Iolani Palace
is a Victorian NeoBaroque concoction with Italianate Second Empire elements. Features front and back entry towers with a hidden belvedere styled cupola centered between them on the roof.  The Friends of the Iolani Palace website offers additional building info, history, and photos.  Mason Architects offers info on some of the more recent restoration work.  Other photo essays are available from Hawaiiweb and The Star Bulletin websites.  Higher definition pictures are available via Google.

The New State Capitol building is a flat topped, International Style pavilion that is 100 feet tall and set in a reflecting pool.  More offsite with a brief photo essay from the Hawaii governor's office, which also offers info on touring the capitol building and a brochure about the capitol in Adobe Acrobat format.  Another photo essay is available from the Hawaiiweb.com site.
Idaho Boise 700 W. Jefferson St. (at N. Capitol Blvd.) / bird's eye view from MS Bing; street and maybe a forthcoming 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from 3D Warehouse.

1905-12, central portion of Capitol designed and built / John E. Tourtellotte.

1919-20, wings added / Tourtellotte & Hummel Architects.

1998, Idaho Capitol Commission established to prepare for and oversee a future restoration and renovation / working with preservation architects, Isthmus Architecture, Inc.

2001-2006, exterior renovations including stone and terra cotta tile repairs, east and west stair replacement, skylight repairs, dome restoration work, parapet reinforcement, and site drainage improvements / CSHQA Architects with Isthmus Architecture, Inc.

2006-present, interior renovations including restoration of windows and doors, ADA compliance work, new HVAC and plumbing, electrical upgrades, wall and floor restoration work, basement exiting improvements, and insertion of vertical circulation cores from legislative chamber level to new wing additions / CSHQA Architects and Lemley/3DI.

Also 2006-present, addition of two single story underground wings (approx. 25000 s.f. each) / design-build team of McAlvain Construction and Hummel Architects.
Early 21C photo of the Idaho State Capitol Building, courtesy of Les R. Center.
Italian Renaissance Revival capitol building
.  Features a central circular drum tower capped with dome and cupola.  The cupola is capped with a statue of an eagle.  208 feet tall from ground to top of the the eagle.  Offsite, the Idaho State Legislature offers tour and building info.  More pictures, history, and an excellent self-guided tour booklet available on the Idaho Capitol Commission website.
Illinois Springfield (Old & New State Capitols) Old State Capitol at S. 5th & E. Adams Streets / bird's eye view from MS Bing; street and maybe a forthcoming 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from 3D Warehouse.

1837-53, Old State Capitol designed and built.  Now a museum and home of the Illinois State Historical Library / John Rague.

1876, Old State Capitol begins a new life as the Sangamon County courthouse after state government moves to the New State Capitol.

1899-1900, Old State Capitol raised for a new ground floor level and interior remodeled extensively (essentially gutted) / Samuel A. Bullard and Samuel J. Hanes of Springfield, Illinois.

1963-69, Old State Capitol dismantled and rebuilt without its 1900 ground floor addition to capture its Lincoln era appearance.  Rededicated as a museum of history and memorial to Abraham Lincoln.  A new underground state historical library, staff facilities, and modern physical plant are incorporated into the restoration / Donald E. Ferry and Earl Wallace Henderson, Jr., from Ferry and Henderson Architects, Inc. of Springfield, Illinois.
 
 
New State Capitol at 301 S. 2nd St. (at E. Capitol Ave.) / bird's eye view rotated to show front from MS Bing; street and maybe a forthcoming 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from 3D Warehouse.

1867-76, New State Capitol designed and construction begun / John C. Cochrane with Alfred H. Piquenard.

1884-87, New State Capitol finished / William W. Boyington.

1932 and 1986, extensive repair work to the dome and cupola on the New State Capitol.  Renovations to South Wing after major fire in 1933 and a smaller one in 1935 / ? architect (one source suggests C. Herrick Hammond for the 1930s work).

1983-84, New State capitol undergoes major exterior restoration / ? architect.

2000-07, restoration of Senate and House chambers in New State Capitol / Vinci | Hamp Architects with Evan Lloyd Associates and Evergreen Painting Studios.
Old Illinois State Capitol Building in July, 2004. Photo courtesy of Robert Dolton.
Old State Capitol is a Greek Revival structure
, featuring a central circular domed cupola.  Offsite resources include video tours from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; a short history; a photo essay covering both past and present capitols (preserved online thanks to the Internet Archive); and historic pictures and more in the Illinois Digital Archives.  An alterative to the official government run sites is this short essay and virtual tour from the Abraham Lincoln Online site.  Photo essays are also available here, archived from the Planner's Web site, and here, from D & D's Illinois Statehouse site.

Illinois State Capitol Building. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
New State Capitol is in the Italian Renaissance Revival style
.  Central circular drum tower capped with dome and cupola.  361 feet tall from ground to top of dome (presumably the cupola).  More info offsite, with official brochures of the capitol building and grounds; an archived article on the state's past and present capitols from the Illinois Blue Book, and other state government publications in Adobe Acrobat format.  Covering the building in even greater detail is D & D's exceptional Illinois Statehouse website.  Unofficially, an album from Edward Crim provides another source for building photos.

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