Did You Know? The Louisiana State Capitol is the Tallest Capitol in the United States! The building is 450 feet high and 460 ft to the tip with 34 floors.
Capitole de l'État de Louisiane (French) is the seat of government for the U.S. state of Louisiana and is located in downtown Baton Rouge. The capitol houses the chambers for the Louisiana State Legislature, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the office of the Governor of Louisiana.
The Louisiana State Capitol building began construction on December 16, 1930 completed in November 1931. On May 16, 1932 the Louisiana State Capitol was dedicated and opened its historical doors after only 14 months on May 16, 1932. It stands on a 27-acre tract which includes the beautiful gardens. The building cost a modest $5 million to complete.
Long, was elected to the United States Senate in 1930,but he delayed taking the oath of office until January 1932 to prevent a political adversary, Paul N. Cyr, from becoming governor. Despite being completed in little over a year, Senator Long attained his goals, the State Capitol was not dedicated until May 16, 1932, during the inauguration of Governor Oscar K. Allen.
"Only one building compares with [the Capitol] in architecture. That's St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, Italy." ~ Governor Huey P. Long proclaimed upon its completion.
Tremendous symbolism is evident throughout the inside and outside design of the building including the Hall and the Senate and House Chambers. The Observation Deck on the 27th floor overlooks the city of Baton Rouge at a height of 450 feet / 460 feet to the tip.. The views of the Capitol gardens and the Capitol lakes are spectacular!
What began as the dream of one man - Governor Huey P. Long - became a symbol of pride, history and the spirit of the Louisiana people. We are Louisiana Proud and Baton Rouge Proud!
The building that Huey P. Long built was also the site of his assassination on September 8, 1935.. Senator Long is buried on the grounds and his statue faces the Capitol.
Have breakfast or lunch at the Louisiana House Dining Hall. Located on the Ground Floor of the Louisiana State Capitol.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.