State Capitol

State Capitol, Charleston

State Capitol
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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Designed by influential architect Cass Gilbert, this grand building, the highest state capitol dome in the United States, is open to the public for tours and features decadent interior details like marble walls a massive crystal chandelier.
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Ward D
Satellite Beach, FL1,927 contributions
Nov 2021
This is not only easy to find, it is hard to miss. It is the State Capitol and dominated the skyline along the river. It is the building with the large dome in the middle of the state capitol complex located Kanawha Blvd E. There is street parking and a parking garage off of Greenbrier street. It is a short walk past the Veteran’s memorial and the West Virginia State Museum. I would highly recommend paying your respects to the former and spending a good amount of time visiting the latter. We entered through the West entrance. You go through a security checkpoint and then can go to see both chambers or the various offices of the building. It is a beautiful building in the style of many state capitals. We were lucky to arrive when the crystal light for the central rotunda was at ground level and the chandeliers in both chambers were being replaced. Around the rotunda are several display cases showing sights for the various places in the state. There was an information booth on the north side of the rotunda. If you are new to the area, they can give you ideas of things to do and see for the state. The staff was very friendly and it is a wonderful working capitol building.
Written 7 January 2022
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TennisStar602
Florida367 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
On a Sunday afternoon, I walked around the grounds of the Capitol building. The grounds had a nice landscape with tons of trees and statues. The Capitol building was also a pleasant site to see from the outside. Yet, the surrounding areas near the Capitol building were a bit rundown and sketchy to me. There was parallel parking near the Capitol building. Interstate 64 was also very close to this vicinity.
Written 8 November 2021
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TWB
Cincinnati, OH2,151 contributions
Aug 2021
I've seen the golden dome from the highway several times...finally made it to Charleston with time to see it up close. It would be fun to have a picnic on the lawn. This is such a pretty building and lawn, especially at night.
Written 23 October 2021
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dsaxe1114
Cincinnati, OH36 contributions
Jul 2021
I walked around the front of the Capital building and learned from the signs and statues about the building and history. Beautiful location for photos and across the street from a river walk.
Written 19 July 2021
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recorder
Pineville, MO1,611 contributions
Jul 2021
We called a couple of months ago and tours were out because of covid. When we got there the tours had started up again but needed a 24 hour pre order. Oh well we saw the rotunda and the House room. Very nice building inside and out
Written 16 July 2021
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bcasey1
Plant City, FL1,665 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We drove here to see this historic building. The grounds were pretty, and I am sure when the golden dome us refinished, it will be pretty again, but right now it is under tarps and can't be enjoyed.
Written 2 August 2020
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Mary V
Mechanicsville, VA127 contributions
Sep 2019
The staff was friendly and helpful. Got in, took care of what was needed, and got to enjoy a leisurely lunch afterwards.
Written 31 July 2020
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Derek S
Roslyn, NY746 contributions
Jul 2020
The capital is in a nice complex that has other buildings, including the governor's mansion. It is very nice looking.
Written 21 July 2020
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Jesse E
North Lewisburg, OH702 contributions
Jun 2020
The West Virginia capitol grounds are beautiful. Parking was great and close in. The capitol itself semed to be under renovation. The dome was covere in plastic. Still a very good experience.
Written 20 June 2020
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Jerome M
Gary, IN1,444 contributions
Jun 2019
Each capitol that we vist we learn more and more educational things about our states. This capitol building was no exception. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about the history of the state and the bulding. The building was easy to get around. They had good artwork.
Written 19 May 2020
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