As a little girl my favorite field trip was to visit the Idaho State Capitol building in Boise, Idaho. I remember standing in the midst of the rotunda and looking upwards, awed by how far it was! Learning first hand about the way our legislature worked by sitting in a session, impressed by the proceedings and the splendor of the chambers.
Since we were stuck stopped in the Boise area I wanted my kids to see some of the places that were as familiar to me growing up as their neighborhood is to them. One of those places was the Capitol.
About the Building
The Renaissance Revival Idaho Capitol Building rises 208 feet into Boise’s skyline; it is one of the most significant historical places in Idaho. Construction began in 1905, with two planned separate construction phases. In 1912 the central part was completed. In 1919 funding was found to complete the east and west wings of the building. This was completed in 1920. In 1998 a foundation was formed to renovate/restore the building. By 2006 the work was completed.
The exterior is composed of sandstone from a local quarry set upon a granite-block base. The interior is a beautiful white marble. There is extensive wood flooring, trim and doors. It is truly a classical architectural masterpiece.
Information via Idaho Capital Commission.
We parked a few blocks away and took a stroll along the streets of Boise. I was surprised at how pretty and clean it is. Downtown Portland is nice…but it can be busy and not so touristy. This was just beautiful!
I ran across the street to take a panoramic picture, but my lens (55m) was a little wide? narrow? Still, it’s a pretty cool picture.
In front of the steps is a scale replica of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia (minus the crack). Pedestrians can ring the bell, but I didn’t know that then!
I made the kids take an obligatory photo in front of the bell for my scrapbooks! Finally, enough pictures, we headed up the stairs…
The Boy was intrigued by the architecture as he just finished learning about Rome’s influence on human society.
Welcome to the Idaho Capitol Building!
Inspiring an impromptu lesson in civics and government. We visited the House chambers and the Senate chambers. (I forgot to take a picture of the Senate door).
The Great Seal of the State of Idaho
Iconic statue, George Washington Equestrian statue. This was carved in 1869 by Charles Ostner.
From French Citizens, “Winged Victory of Samothrace” a plaster of the Greek statue. This arrived in Idaho February 22, 1949.
And of course, who doesn’t want to sit on the cannon and get their picture taken?