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Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall.
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This was a very interesting former Capitol building. This is the one Lincoln served in as a House Representative and lawyer. The tour is self guided, but you are greeted by a guide who gives you a few minutes of introduction, All the spaces, offices...More
This building was set to get destroyed and people would not allow it to happen. Parking was wanted and as a compromise there were 2 levels of it placed underground. Then the old building was reconstructed.
We went to see the Old State Capital, which was interesting. The docent didn't mention that Lincoln's casket was presented in the House of Representatives' chamber, which we later learned at his museum, which is an absolute must see.
This is a great stop for Lincoln history and for how government worked in the mid 1800's. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and had great stories. Good place to start your TIUR of the area as you can park underneath the old capitol and...More
Could have stayed longer here. Really enjoyed the history. A field-trip of school children were getting a guided tour, so we joined in, learning more. Excellent upkeep and restoration of this important historical building. Underground public parking nearby, or street parking.
The building is impressive and the decisions made here are fascinating. We saw the musical "1776" there Saturday night. A wonderful experience in a limited space. A tour is usually available to explain each room. The staircases are impressive.
The history of the Old State Capitol is the draw. Compared to the new Capitol building it lacks in architectural detail. But the history makes it a good, quick visit. The fence gates on all four sides were open, but the only building entrance open...More
Although reconstructed, let yourself be taken back to the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. The Old State Capitol was the setting for Lincoln's "House Divided" speech during his 1860 presidential campaign. It is also where the assassinated President Lincoln laying-in-state was on...More
a block and a half from there is the Lincoln Presidential Library. That is where those things happen more often.On Saturdays by the old state capital they have a Lincoln look alike walking around outside there. Check with... More
a block and a half from there is the Lincoln Presidential Library. That is where those things happen more often.On Saturdays by the old state capital they have a Lincoln look alike walking around outside there. Check with the chamber of commerce for dates at the capital. It does happen several weekends each summer.