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Side Trips from New Orleans Sights

State Capitol Building

  • 900 N. 3rd St. Map It
  • Government Building

Updated 04/10/2014

Fodor's Review

Still called the "New State Capitol," this building has housed the offices of the governor and Congress since 1932. It is a testament to the personal influence of legendary Governor Huey Long that the funding for this massive building was approved during the Great Depression, and that the building itself was completed in a mere 14 months. You can tour the first floor, richly decked with murals and mosaics, and peer into the halls of the Louisiana legislature. Huey Long's

colorful personality—and autocratic ways—eventually caught up with him: he was assassinated in 1935, and the spot where he was shot (near the rear elevators) is marked with a plaque. At 34 stories, this is America's tallest state capitol; an observation deck on the 27th floor affords an expansive view of the Mississippi River, the city, and the industrial outskirts.

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Sight Information

Address:

900 N. 3rd St., Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70802, United States

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Phone:

225-342–7317

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8–4:30 (tower until 4)

Updated 04/10/2014

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