Idaho State Capitol

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Idaho State Capitol
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View from southwest in August 2012
General information
Architectural styleClassical Revival
Location700 West Jefferson Street
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Coordinates43°37′04″N 116°11′59″W / 43.6177°N 116.1996°W / 43.6177; -116.1996Coordinates: 43°37′04″N 116°11′59″W / 43.6177°N 116.1996°W / 43.6177; -116.1996
Construction started1905
Completed1912; 108 years ago (1912)
1920 (wings)
OwnerState of Idaho
Height208 feet (63 m)
Technical details
Floor area201,720 sq ft (4.631 acres; 18,740 m2)
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn E. Tourtellotte
Charles Hummel
Part ofBoise Capitol Area District
NRHP reference No.76000663[1]
Added to NRHPMay 12, 1976

The Idaho State Capitol in Boise is the home of the government of the U.S. state of Idaho. Although Lewiston briefly served as Idaho's capital from the formation of Idaho Territory in 1863, the territorial legislature moved it to Boise on December 24, 1864.[2]

Construction of the first portion of the capitol building began in the summer of 1905, fifteen years after statehood, and the 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 1901. 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.[3] Its sandstone exterior is from the state-owned quarry at nearby Table Rock.

The building was included in the Boise Capitol Area District listing on the National Register of Historic Places on May 12, 1976.[4]

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