Capitol Mall

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Westward view of the Capitol Mall, from the California State Capitol Museum Park.
Eastward view of the Capitol Mall, with the California State Capitol terminus


The Capitol Mall or Capitol Mall Boulevard is a major street and landscaped parkway in the state capital city of Sacramento, California. It connects Downtown Sacramento with the city of West Sacramento in Yolo County.


Centered on the eastern terminus of the Capitol Mall is the 1860s landmark California State Capitol building and parks. The Mall runs westward through Downtown, over the Golden State Highway, past the Riverfront Promenade park, and across the Sacramento River on the iconic Tower Bridge. A plethora of Sacramento's major businesses and law firms are located on the Capitol Mall.


The Capitol Mall was previously also known as State Route 275, but was relinquished to the city in January 2006.[1]

300 Capitol Mall office tower.
301 Capitol Mall, The Towers on Capitol Mall site (2006).
The 500 Capitol Mall tower under construction (2008).
California State Capitol, at eastern Capitol Mall.

Capitol Mall Boulevard landmarks[edit]

Landmarks on the Capitol Mall, from the west (Downtown Sacramento) to the east (Sacramento River), include:

1 Capitol Mall[edit]

Located at 1 Capitol Mall, Drexel University Sacramento is the California campus of renowned Drexel University, based in Philadelphia. It is located near the iconic Tower Bridge, between the Sacramento River and the Mall's crossing over the Golden State Highway—California State Route 99.

100 Capitol Mall[edit]

Located at 100 Capitol Mall near the Tower Bridge, the 242 room 'Embassy Suites Sacramento - Riverfront Promenade' is a hotel popular with tourists, due to its proximity to Old Town in the Old Sacramento State Historic Park and the Riverfront Promenade park along the Sacramento River.[2]

300 Capitol Mall[edit]

Located at the gateway to downtown, the busy intersection of 3rd Street and Capitol Mall, 300 Capitol Mall stands 18 stories high with 383,238 square feet of rentable area. The tower was designed by Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall (DMJM) and completed in 1984, and remains an industry leader (BOMA International Office Building of the Year 2010-11) and a leader in efficiency with LEED-EB Gold Certification and Energy Star label (95). The granite lobby features an arching reflective glass facade and tiered floor plates providing up to 14 corner offices per floor with sweeping city, Capitol and river views. The building's quality, location and amenities have attracted a strong mix of tenants, including both state agencies and private sector technology, law, PR and design firms, a large regional bank and a cafe and coffee cart for occupant use. The rooftop garden at the 6th Floor Terrace has provided an amazing backdrop for weddings, private receptions, and a LEED announcement reception featuring local leaders including Mayor Kevin Johnson.

301 Capitol Mall[edit]

301 Capitol Mall is the site of the former home of the Sacramento Union newspaper. Construction began here in 2006 for The Towers on Capitol Mall I & II, two planned 53-story and massive 615 feet (187 m) mixed-use towers. The project had been on hold since January 2007 due to liens being filed against developer.

400 Capitol Mall — Wells Fargo Center[edit]

Located at 400 Capitol Mall, the 'Wells Fargo Center' is currently the tallest building in Sacramento. It is 429 feet (131 m) high, and has 33 stories, with 29 above the ground floor lobby and 3 below. The skyscraper won the BOMA Building of the Year award in 1994. A museum is located in the lobby, dedicated to the history of Wells Fargo Bank in the Sacramento area. Located within the Wells Fargo Center: Il Fornaio, a popular restaurant; and Price Waterhouse Coopers, a major tenant.

500 Capitol Mall -- Bank of the West Tower[edit]

Main article: 500 Capitol Mall

500 Capitol Mall, also known as the 'Bank of the West Tower', is a 25-story 433,508-square-foot (40,274.2 m2) high-rise on Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento with a 10-level, 800 stall parking garage. The building consists of a 5-story atrium/lobby, ground floor retail, office space, and a 2-level penthouse restaurant or meeting facility. The structure has a steel frame and features a granite curtain wall with stone-on-precast and stone-on-truss panels on the exterior. The building, opened for business and welcomed its first tenant on May 26, 2009.[3][4]

California State Capitol[edit]

At the eastern terminus of the Capitol Mall, the landmark California State Capitol stands. It and the surrounding grounds contain the California State Capitol Museum. The Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical style building with dome was under construction from 1860 to 1874. The capitol and grounds are a California Historical Landmark, a National Historic Landmark District, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Sacramento County, California.

Public transportation[edit]

8th & Capitol Stop for all northbound Sacramento RT light rail lines.
Westbound along the verdant Capitol Mall parkway.

Sacramento Regional Transit District—RT serves public transport to/from and along the Capitol Mall. RT serves the city of Sacramento, and much of the northern portion of Sacramento County.

Light rail

RT has two light rail stops located on the Capitol Mall. The 7th & Capitol Stop is only for southbound trains, while the 8th & Capitol Stop is only for northbound trains. The two stops serve all three RT light rail routes: the Gold Line, Blue Line, and Green Line.


There are also bus stops located on the Capitol Mall operated by RT, with service between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. daily. The bus fleet is exclusively powered by compressed natural gas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sacramento Bee: Face-lift on Capitol Mall menu, February 5, 2006, p. B1: "City leaders have said something should be done to spruce up the concourse. But until January, the state Department of Transportation controlled it as a state highway. Control now has passed to the city, and city staff members say Sacramento should do something to make the mall more inviting for pedestrians and visitors."
  2. ^ Embassy Suites Sacramento—Riverfront Promenade website . accessed 4.14.2013
  3. ^ "On The Rise on Capitol Mall". LivingInUrbanSac. November 7, 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "McDonough Holland & Allen PC Moves to 500 Capitol Mall in Sacramento". Daily Business News. May 26, 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 

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