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State Capitol Building

State Capitol Building 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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 900 N. 3rd St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | Map It
  • Phone: 225/342–7317
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Daily 8–4:30 (tower until 4)
  • Location: Baton Rouge
Updated: 05-07-2013

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