A Marble-Clad Temple of Democracy

2/12/18 11:30 AM

Completed in 1909, the Kentucky Capitol is one of the few state capitols in the nation to house all three branches of government. Lawmakers used the proceeds of a lawsuit to help fund construction of the building and opted for a site away from downtown Frankfort on what was then farmland south of the Kentucky River.

The marble halls, soaring dome, ornate windows, hand-crafted woodwork and furniture, and impressive statuary make the capitol a temple to democracy and an enduring home for the commonwealth’s government.