Idaho State Capitol
The Idaho State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of Idaho. Housing the Idaho Legislature, it is located in the state capital of Boise. The main building was completed by 1913. It is the only state capitol to be heated by a geothermal well . An extensive two-year $120 million renovation project was completed on January 9, 2010 , two days before the start of the legislative session and one day ahead of schedule.

Previous building
The original brick Capitol building was built in 1886, located between Sixth and Seventh, and Jefferson and State streets. Four years later Idaho achieved statehood, and the new state's government soon outgrew the original Capitol. In 1905 a new building was commissioned.

Current building
The ten-ton sandstone blocks from east Boise's Table Rock quarry were hauled by convict labor from the Idaho Penitentiary. The sandstone and marble Capitol was completed in 1920 at a cost of over $2 million. The design of the building was modeled after the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Details of the Capitol building
There are underground tunnels beneath the capitol mall connecting the Capitol Building to the Supreme Court building and other government buildings. Used daily by government employees, these tunnels are not accessible to the public, and can serve as bomb shelters to protect the Governor and other public servants. The Capitol Building also has a special parking stall next to the main entrance stairway which is reserved for the governor's personal car. His vehicle bears the Idaho license plate number 1. The large bell directly in front of the Capitol Building is a scale replica of the Liberty Bell (uncracked). Pedestrians can ring the bell. The elevator on the east side of the rotunda could once be stopped between floors by forcing the doors open to view the walls of this elevator shaft that have been signed by hundreds of House and Senate pages over the years, as well as elected representatives. The only meeting rooms in the building where the public is never welcome are the caucus chambers and the Senators' and Representatives' lounges. Twenty portraits of Idaho territorial and state Governors painted by artist Herbert A. Collins in 1911 are on display. The state capitol was designed by Boise architects John E. Tourtellotte And Charles F. Hummel, partners who designed many church and educational buildings in Boise, and the the Administration Building at the University of Idaho in Moscow. The pillars in the main lobby area are not made of marble, but are rather a notable example of scagliola .


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