Idaho Capitol Building, Boise

Idaho Capitol Building, Boise (must see)

"The great white light of conscience must be allowed to shine and by its interior illumination make clear the path of duty." These are the words of John Tourtellotte, the Original Capitol Architect of the Idaho State Capitol building.

John saw light as a metaphor for enlightenment in government. His design for the capitol opened the interior chambers and corridors to shafts of sunlight captured and reflected from polished marble surfaces. The presence of natural light was to serve as a reminder of the need for clarity and morality in government.

In 2005 the Idaho State Capitol Commission was able to commence its plan to preserve and restore John Tourtellotte's creation to its original mission of light.

The overall appearance of the building closely resembles that of the Capitol in Washington DC. There is a central dome and rotunda. The rotunda is supported by classical columns in Ionic, Doric and Corinthian styles. From the central rotunda in both east and west directions are two underground atrium wings.

Glass skylights extend over the central corridors. Senate rooms are in the west wing. House rooms are in the east wing. All bathed in natural light.

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Idaho Capitol Building on Map

Sight Name: Idaho Capitol Building
Sight Location: Boise, USA (See walking tours in Boise)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Boise, Idaho

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Create Your Own Walk in Boise

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Fort Street Historic District Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
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Boise Introduction Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles