Top 10 Most Beautiful State Capitol Buildings in the USA

Every state has their own capitol building; however, each state decides on whether to call it a capitol building or something else. Certain states use the term Statehouse, State House, or Legislative Hall. Most of the capitols are used as a place for the state’s legislature to meet as well as the offices for the governor, but some states use other buildings for these needs due to lack of space inside the capitol. Here are the top 10 most beautiful state capitol buildings in the USA.

1: Massachusetts State House, Boston

Massachusetts State House, Boston
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The Massachusetts State House is located in the Beacon Hill area of Boston on land that used to be owned by John Hancock and the building was designed by architect Charles Bulfinch. The construction of this building was completed in 1798, but there have been many renovations and expansions since then. In front of the state house are multiple statues, including General Joseph Hooker, Daniel Webster, Horace Mann, and John F. Kennedy. Currently, the governor’s offices and the state legislature use the state house for business.

Address: 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133


2: Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison
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The current Wisconsin State Capitol is the third one since Wisconsin became a state and it is the tallest building in Madison. This state capitol is in the southwestern section of the Madison isthmus and there are numerous restaurants and shops that surround the area. The Wisconsin State Capitol is unique, because it was made from forty-three different stones that were brought in from six countries and eight states. As people are touring this capitol building, they will find fossils that have naturally occurred over time.

Address: 2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703


3: Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines

Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines
The Iowa State Capitol is one of the five capitols in the United States that have a domed top and this one can be found at East 9th Street and Grand Avenue on top of a hill. Inside this state capitol are many displays including battle flags carried by the Iowa regiments during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I. In the west hall, there is a model of the infamous USS Iowa. The model is eighteen feet and seven inches long and weighs in at 1,350 pounds. The south hall contains porcelain dolls who portray all the first ladies of Iowa and these dolls are dressed in replicas of the first ladies’ inaugural gowns.

Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319


4: Texas State Capitol, Austin

Texas State Capitol, Austin
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The completion of the building of the Texas State Capitol was in 1888 and this one is the third state capitol building for the state. The current building underwent renovations in 1983 after a fire broke out in one of the apartments and an expansion project was completed in 1993. The building now contains more than four hundred rooms. Inside the rotunda, people can see portraits of every person who served as president of the Republic of Texas or governor of the state. The Great Walk on the grounds of the capitol is surrounded by four monuments, the Heroes of the Alamo, Volunteer Firemen, Confederate Soldiers, and Terry’s Texas Rangers.

Address: 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701


5: Illinois State Capitol, Springfield

Illinois State Capitol, Springfield
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The Illinois State Capitol was designed by Cochrane and Garnsey with French Renaissance architectural style and while the construction of the building began in 1868, it was not completed until twenty years later. Recent renovations included the installation of maiden lamp statues, which ironically enough, were supposed to be installed when the capitol was built. However, back in the 1870s, the legislators thought that the statues we too risqué and installed plain ones instead.

Address: 207 S Club House Dr, Springfield, IL 62706


6: Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford

Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford
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The Connecticut State Capitol is just south of Bushnell Park and while the building is where the legislators and governor works, the Supreme Court is in a different building across the street. Inside the capitol there are galleries filled with artifacts. The most notable ones are the thirty regimental flags that were delivered by thousands of veterans in 1879. There are also statues of the important people in the state on display. Currently, there are sixteen statues and there is room for eight more.

Address: 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106


7: Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City

Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City
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The Utah State Capitol is the main building in the entire Utah State Capitol Complex that is on Capitol Hill and overlooks the entire city below. The building was constructed between 1912 and 1916 and a renovation and expansion was begun in 2004. The outside of the building is very similar to the Parthenon in Greece and was constructed from Utah granite. There are five floors inside, including the basement, and there are many paintings and sculptures inside that share the history and heritage of the state.

Address: 320 E Capitol St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103


8: Virginia State Capitol, Richmond

Virginia State Capitol, Richmond
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The Virginia State Capitol was completed in 1788 and the current building includes the two wings that were added in the early 20th century. The original design of the building was done by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clerisseau. During the Civil War, this building also served as the Capitol of the Confederacy. There are many monuments that have been erected in the square around the state capitol.

Address: 1000 Bank St, Richmond, VA 23218


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9: New York State Capitol, Albany

New York State Capitol, Albany
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The New York State Capitol is one of the many buildings in the Empire State Plaza Complex. The current capitol was built between 1867 and 1899 and it was the most expensive capitol building of its time. It took three different architects to complete the building as the first and second were dismissed by new governors for one reason or another. Tours of the capitol begin underground in the Empire State Plaza and visitors walk through the underground tunnels to the building itself.

Address: Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12224


10: Washington State Capitol, Olympia

Washington State Capitol, Olympia
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Washington State Capitol is one of the many buildings that comprise the Capitol Campus. The Capitol Campus allows visitors to see spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, and the Capitol Dome. Surrounding the capitol are the Temple of Justice, the State Law Library, and the Governor’s Mansion. As people walk along the grounds in the complex, they will see eighteen monuments and pieces of art.

Address: 416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW, Olympia, Washington 98504


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