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Alabama State Capitol

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Identification

Alabama State Capitol
126658

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
stucco
curtain wall
white
neo-classicism

Usages

capitol (national subdivision)

Facts

  • The building was constructed between 1850 and 1851, and was built atop the foundation of the original capitol building which was destroyed by fire in 1849.
  • Additions to the capitol occurred in 1885 with the construction of the rear wing, between 1906 and 1912 with the construction of the side wings, and in 1992 with the addition of rear portico.
  • On January 11, 1860, orders for Alabama to succeed from the Union were drafted in the capitol.
  • In February 1861, Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as president of the Confederate States of America on the capitol's front steps. A bronze star now marks the approximate spot where this event occurred.
  • Between February 4, 1861, and May 29, 1861, this served as the first capitol of the Confederacy before moving to Richmond.
  • Murals painted in the interior of the dome depict scenes from Alabama's history and were completed in 1930.
  • In 1960, the capitol was recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
  • The historic Selma-to-Montgomery March, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ended at the steps of the capitol on March 25, 1965.
  • A massive $60 million restoration of the capitol began in the 1970s to bring the building back to its past glory and was completed in 1992.
  • On April 19, 1976, a loblolly pine seedling that traveled back and forth to the moon on Apollo 14 in 1971, was planted on the capitol lawn and is now referred to as the “Alabama State Capitol Moon Tree”.
  • The capitol building is connected to the adjacent State House by way of a newly constructed tunnel underneath the existing grounds.
  • This replaced the Old Alabama State Capitol in Tuscaloosa upon its completion.

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Location

600 Dexter Avenue, Goat Hill
36130
Montgomery
Alabama
U.S.A.

Technical Data

119.00 ft
119.00 ft
3
1850
1851
1985 - 1992

Involved Companies

Barachias Holt

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1985 - 1992

Features & Amenities

  • National landmark
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