Texas State Capitol

Seat of government of Texas

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Texas State Capitol
At the time of its construction, the capitol building was billed as "The Seventh Largest Building in the World".
Texas State Capitol is located in Texas
Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
LocationCongress and 11th Sts
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Coordinates30°16′29″N 97°44′26″W / 30.27472°N 97.74056°W / 30.27472; -97.74056Coordinates: 30°16′29″N 97°44′26″W / 30.27472°N 97.74056°W / 30.27472; -97.74056
Area51.4 acres (20.8 ha)
Built1885; 135 years ago (1885)
ArchitectElijah E. Myers
Architectural styleItalian Renaissance Revival
NRHP reference No.70000770
RTHL No.14150
TSAL No.641
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJune 22, 1970[1]
Designated NHLJune 23, 1986[2]
Designated RTHL1964
Designated TSALMay 28, 1981

The Texas State Capitol is the capitol building and seat of government of the American state of Texas. Located in downtown Austin, Texas, the structure houses the offices and chambers of the Texas Legislature and of the Governor of Texas. Designed in 1881 by architect Elijah E. Myers, it was constructed from 1882 to 1888 under the direction of civil engineer Reuben Lindsay Walker. A $75 million underground extension was completed in 1993. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.[2][3]

The Texas State Capitol is 302.64 feet (92.24 m) tall, making it the sixth-tallest state capitol and one of several taller than the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.[4] The capitol was ranked 92nd in the 2007 "America's Favorite Architecture" poll commissioned by the American Institute of Architects.[5]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Texas State Capitol". National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  3. ^ John C. Ferguson (December 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Texas State Capitol" (pdf). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying 11 photos, exterior and interior, from 1980 and 1985 (32 KB)
  4. ^ "It's True: Texas Capitol Stands Taller Than Nation's". Orlando Sentinel. January 14, 1999. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Frangos, Alex (February 7, 2007). "Americans' Favorite Buildings". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 6, 2018.

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