[Reflection of Capitol]
The Capitol reflected in the windows of the Wallace Building
CAPITOL FACTS
The
Capitol
Building
  • Year completed: 1886
  • Original cost: $2,873,294.59
  • Dimensions: 363 ft. 8 in. from north to south; 246 ft. 11 in. from east to west
  • Number of steps from the ground to the dome: 398
  • Number of different types of marble used in the interior: 29
  • Weight of each brass chandelier in the Senate Chamber: 2,000 lbs.
  • Number of crystals in each chandelier in the House Chamber: 5,600
  • Number of fireplaces in the building: 24
[restoration of the southeast dome]
The
Golden
Dome
  • Height of dome: 275 feet above the ground floor
  • Diameter of dome: 80 feet
  • Type of gold: 23 karat
  • Combined weight of gold: 100 troy ounces
  • Thickness of gold: 1/250,000th of an inch
  • Original total cost of gilding the dome: $3,500
  • Total cost of regilding the dome in 1927: $16,500
  • Total cost of regilding the dome in 1965: $79,938
  • Total cost of regilding the dome in 1998-99: Approximately $400,000
[regilding main dome in 1998]

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