7 Things to Know About Idaho’s Capitol Building
She sits at the corner of Capitol and Bannock.
These little known secrets about one of Boise's biggest landmarks will make you see her in a whole new light.
Construction on Idaho's Capitol Building began way back in 1905, and was completed seven years later in 1912. John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel were the architects in charge of the entire project. The design of the building was inspired by the U.S. Capitol Building, and St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England.
Finishing in 2000, numerous renovations on the Capitol took place at a total cost of $64,000,000 dollars. An underground legislative wing was added in 2010.
Last summer, the Capitol Building was lit up in rainbow colors as a show of solidarity coinciding with Boise Pride:
Here's a few more neat facts to know about our state's Capitol Building:
- Underground tunnels connect Idaho's Capitol Building to the Supreme Court building and other government structures on Capitol Mall to the east
- The bell sitting in front of the Capitol is actually a scale replica of the Liberty Bell, just without the famous crack
- Presidents Benjamin Harrison, Teddy Roosevelt and William Taft have all planted trees on the premises of the Capitol
- The Capitol Building was originally built using four types of marble: red marble from Georgia, gray marble from Alaska, green marble from Vermont, and black marble from Italy
- The Capitol Building is 208 feet high
- 13 stars, representing the 13 original colonies, can be seen on the interior of the Capitol's dome from within the building
- The Capitol is actually the fifth tallest building in Boise. The tallest would be the Zions Bank Building standing at 323 feet