Saturday, January 15, 2011

USA - Kentucky - Frankfort

Kentucky State Capitol

Situated on a hill overlooking Frankfort, Kentucky's State Capitol was completed in 1910 and features seventy lonic columns. Frankfort has served as the state capital since 1792.

Sent by Christi from Kentucky.

This is from Wikipedia : The Kentucky State Capitol is located in Frankfort and is the seat of the three branches (executive, legislative, judicial) of the state government of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From 1792 to 1830, Kentucky had two buildings serve as the capitol. Both burned down.

In 1830, a new capitol was built and was in use until 1910. A bitterly contested 1899 state governor election came to a climax when Democratic claimant William Goebel was assassinated at the capitol on his way to be inaugurated. The building was replaced due to the need for a larger building for a growing state government. Today, that capitol building is a museum.

In 1904, the Kentucky General Assembly chose Frankfort (over Lexington and Louisville) as the location for the state capital and appropriated $1 million for the construction of a permanent state capitol building, to be located in southern Frankfort.

The capitol was designed by Frank Mills Andrews, a distinguished and award-winning architect. He used the Beaux-Arts style and included many classical French interior designs. The staircases, for example, are replicas of those that appear in the Opéra Garnier in Paris.

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