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The Idaho State Capitol in Boise is the home of the government of the state of Idaho. Although Lewiston, Idaho, briefly served as Idaho's capital from the formation of Idaho Territory in 1863, the territorial Legislature moved the capital to Boise on December 24, 1864.
Construction of the first portion of the capitol building began in the summer of 1905, 15 years after Idaho gained statehood. Architects were John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel. Tourtellotte was a Connecticut native whose career began in Massachusetts and skyrocketed further when he moved to Boise. Hummel was a German immigrant who partnered with Tourtellotte in 1903. The final cost of the building was just over $2 million; it was completed in 1920. The architects used varied materials to construct the building and their design was inspired by Classical examples.
Tourtellotte and Hummel used four types of marble: red marble from Georgia, gray marble from Alaska, green marble from Vermont, and black marble from Italy. Architectural inspirations included St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St Paul's Cathedral in London and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The most prominent feature of the capitol is its dome. Surmounting this dome is a bronze eagle, 5ft tall. The capitol building is 208ft high, occupies an area of 201720sqft, and contains over 50000sqft of artistically carved marble. Plan to see Idaho State Capitol Building and other attractions that appeal to you using our Boise travel route planner.
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A wonderful display of Christmas decorations in this beautiful Capital building. Also, very interesting history.
A wonderful display of Christmas decorations in this beautiful Capital building. Also, very interesting history. more »
Architects were John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel. Tourtellotte was a Connecticut native whose career began in Massachusetts and skyrocketed further when he moved to Boise. Hummel was a German..... more
Architects were John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel. Tourtellotte was a Connecticut native whose career began in Massachusetts and skyrocketed further when he moved to Boise. Hummel was a German..... more »
I enjoyed visiting the Idaho State Capitol over Memorial Day weekend. Luckily for us, Tank and I were the only ones there. After getting some great pictures around the grounds and appreciating the beauty of the architecture, we ventured to the front steps for even more photos. Due to this being an impromptu stop, we headed on our way to find leash-free doggo zones to run and play at instead of walking around the capitol.
What a beautiful building, and what an example to other states and the Federal government about how to run a capitol. As it's the people's house, you can just go in freely. No security. No search. No magnometer wand. Just free access to enjoy the marble and the scale and the art.
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