California State Capitol

Completed: 1874
Architect: Butler & Clark

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The historic Capitol was designed by architects Miner F. Butler and Reuben Clark. Its style is an adaption of Roman Corinthian architecture. Work began in 1860 and by late 1869 the Capitol was partly occupied. In 1874, construction ended at a cost of $245 million. The west wing which once housed all branches of government is now a legislative facility. Its design and construction are tributes to California's pioneer architects, craftsmen and builders.


ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Named by Spanish after Califia, a mythical paradise in a Spanish romance, written by Montalvo in 1510.


STATE MOTTO: Eureka (I have found it)

1879 PREAMBLE: We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...

ADDRESS:  1400 Tenth St., Sacramento, CA 95814


 Old Capitol Building

Completed: 1852

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Benicia Capitol State Historic Park is a state park in Benicia, California. The park is dedicated to California’s third capital building, where the California State Legislature convened from February 3, 1853 to February 24, 1854. It is the only pre-Sacramento capitol that survives. The park includes the Fischer-Hanlon House, an early Benicia building that was moved to the property and converted into a home in 1858, after the legislature departed. Benicia Capitol State Historic Park just off the city's main street also includes a carriage house, workers' quarters and sculptured gardens.

ADDRESS: 115 W G St, Benicia, CA 94510