Fall Color Coming Soon
Those of us working at the Capitol are just now seeing the Autumn Ash trees planted along Goodhue Boulevard south of the Capitol starting to turn color.
Even though some horticulturalists predict a less than spectacular fall show of color this year, due to the drought, the observation decks on top of the Capitol are still the place to come to see fall color. Now that summer is officially over, please plan to come to the Capitol and get a bird’s eye view of Lincoln’s urban forest and its changing colors. Weather conditions allowing, and who isn’t praying for rain, the observation decks are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and weekday Holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The two north elevators will take visitors up to the observation decks to see city of Lincoln in its autumn attire.
Are You Interested in Seeing the Building in Person?We're open 7 days a week, so plan a visit here. Then, explore some photos and perhaps read more about the Memorial Chamber.
The architect who designed the Nebraska State Capitol was Bertram Goodhue. The thematic program of the Capitol was developed by Dr. Hartley Burr Alexander. Sculptor for the Capitol was Lee Lawrie, and Hildreth Meiere designed all the floor and ceiling mosaics. The building was constructed over a ten year period in four building phases. Construction began in 1922 and was completed in 1932. Total cost of the building was just under $10 million.
Capitol quick facts
- Construction started in 1922, completed in 1932.
- The architect was Bertram G. Goodhue.
- There are 15 floors above ground.
- The building is 400 feet tall.
- It is the third Nebraska State Capitol.
- It cost $9.8 million in 1932 dollars.
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