Springfield is a fine example of a charming American Midwestern capital. Some of the downtown buildings still have the classic look of the city's founding era of the early 1800s. The original and present-day capital buildings are major highlights to the cityscape. The original building has the look of Greek Revival architecture. It was started in 1837 and finished in 1853, designed and built by John Rague.

The present-day capital building was finished in 1887 by John Cochrane and Alfred Piquenard. This building was done in Italian Renaissance style with a drum tower and dome cupola.

Of course other notable architectural buildings to this city, once belonged to Abraham Lincoln. His home is still standing and is a tourist attraction all year-round. Also " New Salem", about 20 miles Northwest of Springfield is a reconstructed village where Lincoln once worked. He did everything from work as a store clerk  there as well as lay train tracks. The taverns, shops, mills, and school room among others at New Salem are a fine tribute to this era's architectural style. It is a great historical getaway.

Frank Lloyd Wright also has work in Springfield, he designed a gorgeous prairie house style home, elaborately built for a socialite. It was his largest commission. Known as the best architect in the world, Frank Lloyd Wright was from a small town in Wisconsin, but this work of art in Springfield, the Dana House has the largest collection of Wright-designed art glass and furniture works.