Idaho State Capitol

Completed: 1912
Tourtellotte and Hummel
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In 1863, Lewiston, Idaho was the original site of the capitol until Boise was made the capital of the state in 1890 - also the year when President Benjamin Harrison signed Idaho into statehood. A few years after Idaho gained statehood the construction on the original capitol building began in the summer of 1906. The architects who developed the building were John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel. The final cost of the building was approximately $2,098,455.05 and it was completed in 1920.  The architects used several different materials to construct the building and their architecture was inspired by various sources and cultures.


ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Idaho is a coined or invented word, and is not a derivation of an Indian phrase "E Dah Hoe (How)" supposedly meaning "gem of the mountains.


STATE MOTTO: Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual or It is forever)

1889 PREAMBLE: We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.

ADDRESS: 700 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702