Texas Capitol In Austin TX

Overview

Texas capitol is located in Austin Texas, and acts as the Capitol of Texas. The Capitol's location is distinct on a hilltop facing downtown Austin. The structure houses the offices of the Texas Governor and Texas legislature. Texas State Capitol dates back to 1881. The building was designed by renowned architect Elijah Myers. Construction lasted for 6 years (1882 to 1888) under the supervision of a civil engineer named Reuben L. Walker. Texas Capital became a Historical monument in 1970 after being registered in the historic places register. A decade and a half later, the Capitol became a historic landmark. In 1993, an underground extension of the State Capitol was constructed.

Early History of Texas Capitol

The present Texas State Capitol happens to be the 3rd building to serve as the TX Capitol. The first one was made of wood. The second Capitol was constructed in 1853 in the same location as the current Capitol. However, in 1881, it was destroyed by a fire prompting the construction of the third and current State Capitol.

Structure & Grounds

Texas Capitol stands 92 meters or 302 feet high. The building is among America's favorite architecture. The building rests on 22 acres (8.9 hectares) of land featuring monuments, statues and trees. There are many impressive features, the most notable being the great walk (a diamond-shaped pavement with trees).

The Texas Capital is home to old monuments such as the Volunteer Firemen, Terry's Texas Ranger, and Confederate Soldiers Monuments. The most recent monuments include the Capitol Vietnam Veteran monument dedicated on 29th March 2014. The Capitol also has a granite monument featuring the ten commandments. The display of this monument has been challenged in court in the past However, in June 2005, a court ruling found that displaying the ten commandments wasn't unconstitutional.

Driving Directions

1.From Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, United States
To Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, 1005 E 40th St, Austin, TX 78751, United States

Get on I-35 N/US-290 E
Follow I-35 N to N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. Take exit 237A from I-35 N
Merge onto I-35 N/US-290 E
Keep left at the fork to continue on I-35 N
Take exit 237A toward Airport Blvd/51st St/Cameron Rd
Continue on N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd. Take S IH 35 Frontage Rd to E 40th St

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