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The Indiana State Capitol Building was built to house all three branches of state government, including the office of the governor, the Indiana General Assembly (consisting of the Senate and House of Representatives), and the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The 70,000-volume Supreme Court Law Library is also located in the building.

The current capitol is actually the fifth building to serve as Indiana's capitol building. The first was located in Corydon, which was Indiana's first capital. The building still exists and is maintained as a state historic site. The Marion County Courthouse served as the second capitol and housed the state government for 12 years after Indianapolis had become the state capital. The third was a large building whose design was inspired by the Parthenon in Athens. However, the foundation soon began to crumble, and part of its ceiling collapsed. The building was condemned and demolished. In the interim period before the current capitol building was built, the state government worked out of an office building that already housed the Surpeme Court. During this period, Indiana in effect did not have a capitol building.

Construction began on the current state capitol building in 1880 and was completed in 1887. It was designed by architect Edwin May in the Corinthian style of architecture with an Italian Renaissance interior. Soon after construction began, however, May died and architect Adolph Sherrer took over the project. The four-story building is in the shape of a cross with a large central rotunda with a glass domed ceiling connecting all four wings. The building was constructed of Indiana limestone, and whenever possible, materials native to the state were used in its construction.

The Indiana State Capitol Building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Directions: The State Capitol Building is located at 200 West Washington Street, in downtown Indianapolis.

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  • Updated Sep 13, 2012
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