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The Arkansas State Capitol was constructed between 1899 and 1915 on the site of the old state penitentiary using prison labor. The original construction cost was not to exceed $1 million. After two architects, two general contractors, six Capitol Commissions and three governors, the completed Capitol cost almost $2.3 million. In 1911, the General Assembly convened in the unfinished building for their first session at the new State Capitol. The neo-classical style of the building is a common example of monumental architecture of the early 20th century. The marble on the floors and walls came from Vermont, the columns from Colorado, and the grand staircases from Alabama. The exterior limestone was quarried near Batesville, Arkansas while a softer Indiana limestone was used for the dome. The Capitol contains 247,000 square feet. The distance from ground level to the top of the cupola is 213 feet. The cupola is covered in gold leaf. To schedule a guided tour of the Capitol, call the Visitor Services Specialist, at 501-682-5080. The free tours of the Capitol Building are offered weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. Walk-in visitors requesting personally guided tours will be scheduled on the next available guided tour. The State Capitol Gift Shop is located on the first floor of the Capitol. Offering Arkansas and Arkansas made products, the Gift Shop is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. For more information call 501-682-3593.
Beautiful flowers outside!
Great stop, well worth it. The capital building is very nice and they have a lot of pretty cool memorials surrounding it with great landscaping.
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Arkansas State Capitol
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