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Front Elevation of the Nevada State Capitol Building. Original image photographed and retouched by H.J.P.

Historical architectural drawing of the Nevada State Capitol
Building.  Courtesy of the Nevada State Museum & H. 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)
Nebraska Lincoln 1445 K St. (between S. 14th & S. 16th 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.

1919-32, Capitol designed and built / Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue.

1989-98, various interior renovations and modernizations / ? architect(s).

1995-present, exterior masonry restoration / Janney, Elstner, Inc. with Bahr, Vermeer, and Haecker Architects.
Nebraska State Capitol Building. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
Art Deco skyscraper
topped with a domed cupola.  400 feet tall.  A statue called The Sower crowns the cupola.  More offsite with building pictures, history, and tour and other info from the state capitol website; a pdf based building description in the Nebraska Blue Book; and a collection of building photos on the state legislature website.  Also offsite is a capitol photo album from Edward Crim, and a short building description with a list of related sites.
Nevada Carson City (Historic State Capitol & Legislative Building) Historic State Capitol at 101 N. Carson St. (at E. Musser 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.

1869-71, State Capitol designed and built / Joseph Gosling.

1905-06, octagonal annex added / Burke Brothers.

1913-15, North and South Wings added / Frederic J. Delongchamps.

1978-80, seismic upgrade and fireproofing of original capitol building.  Interiors and roof removed entirely and reconstructed / ? architect.
 
 
Legislative Building at 401 S. Carson St. (at E. 5th St.) / bird's eye view rotated to show front from MS Bing; street and maybe a forthcoming 3D view from Google Maps.

1967-70, Legislative Building built to house the State Assembly and Senate / Ferris and Erskine and Raymond Hellman.

1997, remodeling and expansion of Legislative Building / JMA Architecture Studios.
Historic photo showing a general view of the Nevada State Capitol Building. From the Library of Congress's Historic American Buildings Survey.
Italianate Style State Capitol Building
capped with a small octagonal domed cupola.  120 feet tall.  More info offsite with a few articles discussing its building history from the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, and photos of the historic capitol and the newer buildings in the capitol complex.  Also offsite are a photo history from the National Park Service; a short photo essay from Valerie Mockaitis; a building description and photo from the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau website; and a photo gallery from Edward Crim.
New Hampshire Concord 107 N. Main St. (between Park & Capitol Streets) / bird's eye view rotated to show front from MS Bing; street and 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D building model from the Google 3D warehouse.

1815-18, Capitol and dome designed and built / Stuart James Park.

1864-66, addition of a mansard roofed 3rd floor in the Second Empire style, as well as the two story entrance portico, and a new dome and cupola / Gridley J. F. Bryant and David Bryce.

1909, major remodel.  3rd floor exterior continued in same plane as lower floors with removal of earlier mansard roof / Peabody and Stearns.

1937-39, annex added / ? architect.
New Hampshire State House. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
Federal style original capitol building
with later Neoclassical / Beaux Arts remodeling.  Central octagonal drum capped with dome, cupola, and an eagle sculpture.  Approx. 150 feet tall.  More info offsite with this official building description and a history of the House of Representatives.  Tour info is available at the Visitor Center.  The Concord Public Library's Amsden Manuscript includes a chapter on the early history of the capitol.  It offers a rare photo of the capitol building with its original two story wings and domed cupola tower.  Also available is a photo gallery from Edward Crim.
New Jersey Trenton 125 W. State St. (between Calhoun, Barracks & N. Willow Streets) / bird's eye view rotated to show front from MS Bing; street and 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D building model from the Google 3D warehouse.

1790-95, 2 story Capitol. with gabled roof and cupola designed and built / Jonathan Doane.

1845, major remodeling, with 3rd floor, porticos, and new dome added and facade extended / John Notman.

1872, remodeling extending library wing and reworking executive suite, senate, and assembly chambers / Samuel Sloan.

1885-89, restoration after fire, including a new dome and 3 story wing on State St. side / Lewis H. Broome.

1891, Sloan's remodeled Assembly wing replaced with larger wing parallel to existing center wing.  3rd floor extended with private offices for governor and judges / James Moylan.

1900, Center wing extended to edge of Sanhican Creek / George Poole, of Karr, Poole, and Lum.

1903, reconstruction of Senate wing / Arnold Moses.

1906, original East Wing from 1792 replaced with a 4 story office section / ? architect.

1911-12, East and West sides extended / ? architect.

1927-1930, separate State House annex including Supreme Court Chamber / ? architect.

1987-1995, restoration of legislative portion of building and construction of new South Addition legislative offices and multi-level parking garage.  State House annex renovated / Ford Farewell Mills & Gatsch / Johnson Jones.

1996-99, restoration of dome and rotunda / Jan Hird Pokorny & Architects Planners.
Front view of the New Jersey State Capitol Building. Courtesy of Pat and Debbi Furrie, taken in June of 2003.
Late Georgian / very early Federal style original capitol building
encased by much later Italianate and Beaux Arts style remodelings.  Central circular drum tower capped with a gold gilded dome and cupola.  145 feet tall.  More info offsite with this official virtual tour and illustrated building history (also in an alternate summary form or as an an Acrobat file in an expanded form).  An excellent photo album is available from Edward Crim's website.
New Mexico Santa Fe
(Old & New State Capitols)
Old State Capitol at 407 Galisteo St. (between S. Capitol Pl. & W. De Vargas St.) / bird's eye view rotated to show the altered front of the old capitol along the east side of an interior courtyard, from MS Bing; and street view showing what's left of the original west facing front along Galisteo St. poking up in the center behind the later additions; 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from Google 3D warehouse.

1895-1900, Old State Capitol designed and built with silver colored dome and cupola.  (now the Bataan Memorial Building) / James Riely Gordon.

1920s, wing added (at rear?) of Old State Capitol/ ? architect.

1949-53, massive remodel transforms original Beaux Arts styled Old State Capitol into one with a decidedly Southwestern appearance (a Spanish - Pueblo / Art Deco style of sorts).  One source claims the original dome and cupola were removed at this time.  Another states that the dome was simply enclosed within the volume of the third floor.  Photos do suggest that at least a portion of the dome and its drum may exist inside a boxed in rooftop penthouse at the heart of the complex.
 
 
New State Capitol at 491 Old Santa Fe Trail (between Paseo de Peralta & E. De Vargas St.) / bird's eye view rotated to show east entrance from MS Bing; street and 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from Google 3D warehouse.

1964-66, New State Capitol designed and built / W. C. Kruger with John Gaw Meem.

1992, renovations to the New State Capitol / Fanning, Bard, & Tatum Architects.

Early 20th century view of the old New Mexico State Capitol Building. Courtesy of Mark Shelton.
Old Capitol was originally built in the Beaux Arts style
and featured a dome and cupola.  About a half a century later, it was remodeled in the regional Neoterritorial style.  The new look added a monumental tower capped with a boxy, cupola-like structure on the end of the old north wing.  More info offsite with this official illustrated history of the state's capitol buildings.

View of the New Mexico State Capitol Building. Courtesy of Edward Archuleta.
Flat topped Neoterritorial style New Capitol
built like a great American Indian roundhouse (also known as a Kiva).  No dome or cupola.  52 feet tall.  More info offsite with this official illustrated history of the state's capitol buildings, an official visitor's guide, a history and description from santefe.org, and a project summary from F.B.T. Architects.

New York Albany Capitol Park, bounded by State St., Eagle St., Washington Ave., & S. Swan St. (approximate street address would be 172 State St.) / bird's eye view from MS Bing; street view showing north side; and 3D view from Google Maps; and 3D model from Google 3D warehouse.

1867-75, Capitol designed and construction begun.  Originally design proposed a domed tower / Thomas Fuller.

1875-83, construction continues / team of Leopold Eidlitz (east and north sides), Henry Hobson Richardson (west and south sides), and Frederick Law Olmsted (capitol grounds).  The team proposes a new domed tower design.

1883-99, construction completed / Isaac G. Perry.  Like his predecessors, Perry proposes a new dome design which is never built.

1911, west side damaged by fire and reconstructed / ? architect.

1978-82, Senate chamber restoration / John Messick.

1997-2003, Assembly chamber, governor's reception room, and other interior restorations / Françoise Bollack Architects.

2001-present, restoration of the Great Western staircase and its skylight.  Ongoing interior and exterior restorations.  Rehabilitation of the entire roof structure / James Jamieson, the capitol architect of the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) with the New York State Commission on the Restoration of the Capitol.
New York State Capitol Building. Historic postcard image courtesy of Chris Miller.
The High Victorian style capitol
is a mixture of Chateauesque (French Renaissance), Italian Renaissance, and Romanesque styles on the exterior, and Romanesque and Moorish-Gothic styles on the interior.  One source claims it was inspired by the Hotel de Ville (city hall) in Paris.  No dome or cupola.  108 feet tall.  More info offsite with an official virtual tour from the New Your State Assembly; info about the capitol tour program; a teacher's resource kit (warning, this is one big Acrobat pdf file) that covers the history, architecture, and building of the capitol; a building photo album from Edward Crim; and this photo gallery from Mary Ann Sullivan.  Also available are these project descriptions and photos of the Senate and Assembly chamber restorations.

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