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Kansas State Capitol


Structure in General

monumental hall
existing [completed]
beaux-arts / historism


capitol (national subdivision)


  • Major materials are limestone, granite, and copper on the dome.
  • The Kansas State Capitol was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
  • The Kansas State Capitol was modeled on the Capitol at Washington, D.C. It was designed in a Beaux-Arts Neoclassical style with Corinthian porticos. The plan is composed of four wings, extended in the form of a Greek cross with a large rotunda at the center.
  • On October 7, 2002, a 22-foot sculpture of a Kansa Indian warrior was placed atop the Capitol dome, officially topping off the Capitol for the 100th anniversary observance of the building's completion in 2003.
  • The 4,420 pound sculpture is the work of Richard Bergen, a retired Marymount College (Salina) professor, and is named "Ad Astra", the first words of the Kansas motto, Ad Astra Per Aspera: to the stars through difficulties.
  • Dr. Bergen worked more than 15 years on the sculpture, which is cast silicon bronze, a 95-percent copper element, hollow inside with a stainless steel frame to provide strength, wind resistance and reduce weight load on the dome where it is mounted.
  • Dr. Bergen calculates the wind resistance at 90-miles-per-hour, which becomes even more notable because flying debris punched a hole in the dome during the June 8, 1966 Topeka Tornado.
  • The State of Kansas spent more than $600,000 to upgrade the dome's cupola to carry the added weight, heavy-grade steel plates to which the sculpture is bolted and to provide specially designed night lighting.
  • At least two other key events to mark the 100th anniversary are the beginning of a $324 million total renovation of the Capitol and the adjacent 22-acres and a 500-car underground parking garage under the north lawn.
  • Not including the new Kansa Indian statue, the Kansas Capitol is four (4) feet taller than the Nation's Capitol in Washington, D. C.
  • The week of January 5, 2004, re-construction began on the East Wing (includes House Chambers) and work on the underground garage was at approximately the one-third point. The garage contractor had to dig through solid limestone.
  • The different portions of the building were designed at different times by different architects. Construction of the east wing was was begun October 17, 1866, from plans submitted by John G. Haskell and E. Townsend Mix of Lawrence. It was occupied in 1869. The west wing, mirroring the east wing, was built in 1880; work on the north and south wings began in 1883. The rotunda, designed by state architect John F. Stanton, was also begun in 1883. The building was not completed and officially accepted by the State until 1903.

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200-324 SW 10th Avenue
201-331 SW Jackson Street, 201-321 SW 8th Avenue, 200-330 SW Harrison Street
300 SW 10th Avenue

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326.17 ft
326.17 ft
399.00 ft
386.00 ft

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