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West Virginia Capitol Building at Charleston

West Virginia Capitol Building

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1900 Kanawha Boulevard EastCharlestonWest Virginia25305-0300
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The Grand and Beautiful Charleston WV Capitol Building

After three stages of development, The West Virginia state Capitol was dedicated on the state's 69th birthday on June 20, 1932. Known for its 23.5 karat gold dome, the WV Capitol building is the tallest structure in the state. The building's grounds include the Governor's Mansion, the Culture Center, and the Veterans Memorial statue.


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Monday through Friday, 9am to 3:30pm

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Guided tours and a range of private functions.


  • Guided Tours
  • Sightseeing
  • Field Trips

West Virginia Capitol Building

In 1877, after much debate, Charleston was chosen as the final site for the state capital. Eight years later, the first capitol building was opened, only to burn down in 1921. A subsequent replacement also burned down. A Capitol Building Commission authorized the construction of the current capitol building. It was dedicated on June 20th, 1932.

West Virginia Capitol Building

The West Virginia Capitol Building is the product of a prominent architect by the name of Cass Gilbert. He designed the limestone structure, and after three arduous stages of construction, Governor William G. Conley dedicated the building on June 20, 1932. Gilbert went on to design the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. and eventually became the president of the American Institute of Architects.


  • Yes, tours of the state Capitol building are conducted from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every half hour, and on Saturdays from 1pm to 3:30 pm on the hour. No guided tours are given on Sundays
  • The complex features the historic Holly Grove Mansion, West Virginia Governor's Mansion, three beautiful statues, the Culture Center, and other historical sites.

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