Heights of state capitols

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State capitols have often been among the tallest buildings in their states or capital cities at the time of their construction and remain significant landmarks. The height of state capitol buildings is often also a source of pride in states, in particular for those that have capitols that exceed in height the 288-foot United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.[1]

In addition to the US capitol and state capitols, city halls are often of significance as landmarks and exceed the height of state capitols. City halls of notable stature include Philadelphia City Hall (548 feet),[2] Los Angeles City Hall (454 feet),[3] Kansas City City Hall (443 feet),[4] Buffalo City Hall (398 feet)[5] and Milwaukee City Hall (393 feet).[6]

State Height of capitol building in feet
Alabama State Capitol 119 [7]
Alaska State Capitol 118 [8]
Arizona State Capitol 092 [9]
Arkansas State Capitol 230 [10]
California State Capitol 247 [11]
Colorado State Capitol 272 [12]
Connecticut State Capitol 257 [13]
Delaware Legislative Hall - Estimate: 070 [14]
Florida State Capitol 322 [15]
Georgia State Capitol 272 [16]
Hawaii State Capitol - Estimate: 100 [17]
Idaho State Capitol 208 [18]
Illinois State Capitol 361 [19]
Indiana Statehouse 256 [20]
Iowa State Capitol 275 [21]
Kansas State Capitol 326 [22]
Kentucky State Capitol 210 [23]
Louisiana State Capitol 450 [24]
Maine State House 185 [25]
Maryland State House 181 [26]
Massachusetts State House - Estimate: 200 [27]
Michigan State Capitol 270 [28]
Minnesota State Capitol 223 [29]
Mississippi State Capitol 180 [30]
Missouri State Capitol 238 [31]
Montana State Capitol 165 [32]
Nebraska State Capitol 400 [33]
Nevada State Capitol 112 [34]
New Hampshire State House 150 [35]
New Jersey State House 145 [36]
New Mexico State Capitol - Estimate: 035 [37]
New York State Capitol 220 [38]
North Carolina State Capitol 098 [39]
North Dakota State Capitol 242 [40]
Ohio Statehouse 158 [41]
Oklahoma State Capitol 255 [42]
Oregon State Capitol 162 [43]
Pennsylvania State Capitol 272 [44]
Rhode Island State Capitol 223 [45]
South Carolina State House 180 [46]
South Dakota State Capitol 161 [47]
Tennessee State Capitol 206 [48]
Texas State Capitol 311 [49]
Utah State Capitol 286 [50]
Vermont State House 136 [51]
Virginia State Capitol 083 [52]
Washington State Capitol 287 [53]
West Virginia State Capitol 292 [54]
Wisconsin State Capitol 284 [55]
Wyoming State Capitol 146 [56]
  1. ^ For U.S. capitol height: "About the U.S. Capitol Building". Architect of the Capitol. Retrieved 2013-09-22.  Examples of states that take pride in their capitol's height include West Virginia ("State Capitol Comples". West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Retrieved 2013-09-22. ) and Texas ("The Texas Capitol". Texas State Preservation Board. Retrieved 2013-09-22. )
  2. ^ "City Hall Virtual Tour". City of Philadelphia. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  4. ^ "City Hall History". City of Kansas City. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  5. ^ "City Hall History". City of Buffalo. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  6. ^ "Milwaukee History". City of Milwaukee. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  7. ^ Daniel, Jean Houston; Daniel, Price (1969). Executive Mansions and Capitols of America. Waukesha, Wisconsin: Country Beautiful. p. 145. ; "Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery". Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  8. ^ "Alaska State Capitol, Juneau". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Original Arizona State Capitol, Phoenix". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. ; The branches of the state government have relocated from the original capitol to adjacent buildings and additions.
  10. ^ "Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  11. ^ "California State Capitol, Sacramento". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  12. ^ "Review of Colorado State Capitol". Frommers. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  13. ^ "Connecticut State Capitol and Legislative Office Building" (PDF). Government of Connecticut. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  14. ^ Estimate of 70 based on photograph
  15. ^ "New Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  16. ^ Edwin L. Jackson, Carl Vinson Institute of Government, The University of Georgia. "The Story of Georgia's Capitol and Capital Cities". Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  17. ^ This appears to be an estimate that is used in Hawaii. "Cupolas of Capitalism". Cupola Consulting. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  18. ^ "Idaho Capitol Building". Idaho Public Television. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  19. ^ "IL State Capitol". Historic Sites Commission of Springfield, Illinois. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  20. ^ "Indiana's Third State Capitol Building Design Released to the Hoosier Public". Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  21. ^ "Capitol Facts". The Iowa Legislature. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  22. ^ "Kansas State Capitol, Topeka". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  23. ^ "Capitol, Frankfort". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  24. ^ "The Louisiana State Capitol Building". State of Louisiana. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  25. ^ "The State House". State of Maine. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  26. ^ "The Maryland State House". State of Maryland. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  27. ^ Estimate based on photograph
  28. ^ Kerry Chartkoff (February 28, 1992). "National Historic Landmark Nomination—Michigan State Capitol" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  29. ^ "Facts About the State Capitol". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  30. ^ "Mississippi State Capitol". Mississippi State Legislature. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  31. ^ "Missouri's State Capitol". Missouri Secretary of State. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  32. ^ "Montana State Capitol, Helena". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  33. ^ "Nebraska State Capitol". Nebraska State Government. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  34. ^ "Nevada State Capitol, Carson City". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  35. ^ Norma Love (14 July 2013). "N.H. Statehouse Dome Getting a Golden Makeover". Concord Monitor. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  36. ^ "New Jersey State House, Trenton". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  37. ^ Estimate based on photograph.
  38. ^ "New York State Capitol, Albany". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  39. ^ "Capitol". North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  40. ^ "History of the State Capitol Complex". North Dakota State Department. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  41. ^ "Ohio Statehouse". State of Ohio. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  42. ^ "Capitol, Oklahoma City". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  43. ^ "Oregon State Capitol". Oregon Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  44. ^ Caffin, Charles Henry (1906). Handbook of the New Capitol of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: Mount Pleasant Press. p. 13. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  45. ^ Parker, J. Fred (1914). State of Rhode Island Manual. Providence: State of Rhode Island. p. iii. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  46. ^ "Tour Outside the State House (The State House)". State of South Carolina. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  47. ^ "The South Dakota State Capitol Building". State of South Dakota. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  48. ^ "Not-so-ordinary State Capitol is 150". Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  49. ^ "Capitol". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2013-09-22. ; "Texas State Capitol, Austin". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. ; "Capitol Views". City of Austin Library. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  50. ^ "Utah State Capitol Building". Utah Travel Industry. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  51. ^ "Vermont State House, Montpellier". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  52. ^ "Cupolas of Capitalism". Cupola Consulting. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 
  53. ^ "Capitol Facts & History". Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  54. ^ James E. Harding (April 11, 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: West Virginia Capitol Complex / West Virginia State Capitol, West Virginia Executive Mansion" (PDF). West Virginia Capitol Complex. State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  55. ^ "State Capitol Building". Wisconsin Department of Administration. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  56. ^ "Wyoming State Capitol Field Trip". Wyoming State Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-09-22.