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Columns salvaged from a U.S. capitol renovation and redesigned by Page as a freestanding sculpture in the U.S. National Arboretum.

Russell Page's Grouping of Old U.S. Capitol Columns, 1988.
Photograph by Howard J. Partridge.

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)
Indiana Indianapolis 200 W. Washington St. (at N. Capitol Ave.) / 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.

1877-1888, Capitol designed and built / Edwin May and Adolph Scherrer.

1904-06, minor renovation to interior finishes and lantern / ? architect.

1917-20, first floor stables converted to offices and other modernizations / Herbert Foltz.

1928-29, interior renovations / ? architect.

1946-48, modernizations.  Main entry doors replaced with aluminum and glass doors, and monumental doors at north and east sides removed (restored in the 1986 renovation).  Legislative offices created within Senate and House chambers at periphery / Walter Scholer and Associates, and Miller and Yeager.

1964, building sandblasted and dome painted in gold epoxy.  Misc. site  improvements.  Governor's office remodeled / ? architect.

1966, 1968, & 1974, various interior renovations and modernizations / ? architect(s).

1978,
major roofing replacement.  Dome clad in copper / ? architect.

1984, art glass dome in rotunda cleaned and repaired / ? architect.

1986-88, major renovation to recreate the original appearance of the capitol building, under the direction of Schmidt Associates and the Cooler Group, Inc.
Indiana State Capitol Building. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
Statehouse is a mixture of the Italian Renaissance Revival and NeoGreco styles
.  Central circular drum tower capped with dome and cupola.  235 feet tall.  More photos and historical information offsite are available from the official Indiana State House site.  Also offsite is a fine building photo album from photographer Edward Crim.
Iowa Des Moines 1005 E. Grand Ave. (between E. 9th & E. 12th Streets) / 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.

1870-1886, Capitol designed and built / begun by John C. Cochrane & Alfred H. Piquenard; finished by M .E. Bell & W. F. Hackney.

1902-07, general modernization, installation of new murals and mosaics, and repairs from 1904 fire in the North Wing / Hallett and Rawson.

1915, floor opening in first floor rotunda installed to provide light and ventilation to basement / ? architect.

1976-present, general modernization and restoration.  Exterior restoration from 1981-2001.  Interior restoration work began in 1976 and is expected complete in 2015 / Bussard-Dikis Associates, now called RDG Planning & Design.
Iowa State Capitol Building. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
Italian Renaissance Revival capitol building
.  Main gold gilded dome and cupola on a central circular drum tower.   4 minor corner domes and cupolas.  275 feet tall. Available offsite is an official photo tour.  Iowa Public television produced this informative website on the capitol building restoration to accompany their "This Old Statehouse" documentary.  RDG, the restoration architects, include a project description and photos on their site.  Still more building photos are available from Edward Crim.  Also available is this site about the old state capitol building in Iowa City.
Kansas Topeka 300 SW. 10th Ave. (at SW. Jackson St.) / bird's eye view from MS Bing; street and 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from Google 3D warehouse.

1866-1873, East Wing designed and built / J. G. Haskell and E. Townsend Mix.

1878-1881, West Wing added / E. T. Carr and George Ropes.

1884-1903, central section built with North and South Wings, central dome, and remodel of East Wing / J. G. Haskell, George Ropes, and Kenneth McDonald at various stages.

circa 1917, renovation to address stone deterioration in East Wing / ? architect.

1997-2014 (est. date of completion), major renovation / statehouse architect Bill Groth, followed in 2001 by Barry Greis, working with Treanor Architects P.A. 

2002, statue named Ad Astra added to top of the cupola / Richard Bergen, sculptor.
Kansas State Capitol Building. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
French Renaissance Revival style state capitol
.  Central circular drum tower capped with copper dome and cupola.  304 feet tall from the ground to the top of the cupola.  More info offsite with building guides, history, an online tour from the Kansas State Historical Society, and a photo gallery from a web archive of the Kansas State Legislature site.  Treanor Architects P.A. offers more detailed info on the restoration and recent work.  Private collections include a photo tour from Carol Yoho at Washburn University, and a photo album from Edward Crim.
Kentucky Frankfort
(Old & New State Capitols)
Old State Capitol at 300 W. Broadway St. (at St. Clair St.) / bird's eye view from MS Bing; and street and maybe a forthcoming 3D view from Google Maps.

1827-1830, Old State Capitol designed and built (now a museum run by the Kentucky Historical Society) / Gideon Shyrock.

1973-75, restoration of Old State Capitol / ? architect.

1990, funds for further restoration and maintenance work on Old State Capitol approved by Kentucky State Legislature / ? architect.
 
 
New State Capitol at 700 Capitol Ave. (at State St.) / 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.

1905-10, New State Capitol designed and built / Frank Mills Andrews.

1940-42, dome reconstruction and repairs on New State Capitol / Construction Division of the Department of Finance with consulting engineers Roberts & Schaeffer Co.

1950-52, New Capitol Annex and connecting tunnel designed and built / ? architect.

1952-55, renovations to the New State Capitol, including exterior repairs and new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems / Oberwarth & Livingston Architects, with J. Leland Brewster, Associate Architect.

1994-96, art glass and skylight restoration in the New State Capitol / Haworth, Meyer, & Boleyn, Inc, work with glass consultants Jeff Short and Cumberland Stained Glass Studio.

1996-99, exterior renovations to the New State Capitol, including repairs to dome / K. Norman Berry Associate Architects PLLC, with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

1998-99, New State Capitol master plan prepared / K. Norman Berry Associate Architects PLLC.

2000, design teams selected and plans begin for restoration and renovation of Capitol and Annex, and for construction of new annex addition, Executive Office Building, and tunnel between buildings / K. Norman Berry Associate Architects PLLC (Capitol and Annex work).  Joint venture of OMNI Architects and Shepley, Bulfinch, and Abbott Architects (Executive Office Building).
Historic photo showing the Old Kentucky State Capitol Building. From the Library of Congress's Historic American Buildings Survey.
Greek Revival Old State Capitol
is 80 feet tall, with a lantern style cupola topping an interior dome.  A short photo essay is available from the Kentucky Division of Historic Properties.  The Kentuckiana Digital Library offers a noteworthy collection of historic capitol photos.  Both old and new capitols are featured stops on a virtual tour from the Frankfort Public Art site.

Kentucky State Capitol Building. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
The Beaux Arts New Capitol
is 210 feet tall.  Central circular drum tower capped with a dome and cupola.  More info offsite with this official virtual tour and very detailed history.  Historic photos of both old and new capitols are available from the Kentucky Historical Society.  Info on some of the work either planned or underway is available from the State of Kentucky website.  Also offsite is a panoramic interior view from the Panorama Factory, and a sizable photo album from Edward Crim.

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