Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Old State Capitol State Historic Site, Springfield

Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Old State Capitol State Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • Government Buildings
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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SuzanneLG
Gresham, OR710 contributions
Can’t GO IN!
Aug 2021
I gave it a 3 not because it deserves one. But because the building is under renovations and you can’t go in. ☹️ I’m Sue it will be finished soon, but not for now, or while we were there…
Written August 29, 2021
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Michelle R
Elgin, IL352 contributions
Closed due a preservation project
Jun 2021
As of June 10, 2021, "The Old State Capitol will be closed due a preservation project until further notice." You can still walk around the block on the outside of the gates and see the statues of the Lincoln family and visit the Visitor's Center. When I walked by, there were construction crews actively working on the dome and later, there was a musician giving a small concert.
Written June 12, 2021
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Cale773
Chicago, IL79 contributions
Illinois historical state building
Oct 2020
we were surprised that it was open and giving tours, so much history. I have always enjoyed seeing places like this.
Written November 20, 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,222 contributions
Important part of Illinois' Lincoln lore
Oct 2020
For historians and curious tourists like, a trip to Springfield, Illinois, to visit the many sites associated with the life of Abraham Lincoln wouldn't be complete with a tour of the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. Located at 5th and Adams Streets in downtown Springfield, not far from Lincoln's home and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, it was constructed in the Green Revival style in 1937-1840 and served as Illinois' fifth capitol building from 1840 to 1876. It is easily recognizable for its large domed cupola and four massive columns at the front entrance. The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1961, primarily for Lincoln's association with political rival Stephen Douglas, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Walking through the halls, from chamber to chamber, from floor to floor, a visitor is struck by the historic events associated with the building...where Lincoln announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 1858 and for the presidency in 1860, where Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2007 and introduced Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008, where Lincoln served his final term as a state lawmaker in 1840-1841, where he pleaded cases as a lawyer before the State Supreme Court in 1841-1860, where he made his memorable House Divided speech in 1858 and where his body lay in state in 1865 prior to final burial in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. In fact, our knowledgeable tour guide informed us that Lincoln was one of nine Illinois lawmakers who led the effort to move the state capital from Vandalia to Springfield in 1837. In Springfield, Lincoln's foot prints are everywhere.
Written November 1, 2020
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flyinghigh101
Rock Island, IL59 contributions
Excellent
Oct 2020 • Couples
The staff was very friendly and knew all about the old capital. They practiced excellent social distancing and were very informative
Written October 25, 2020
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,144 contributions
Surprise inside tour.
Aug 2020
I was just expecting to walk around the building outside and get some pictures, but a nice lady was walking up that gave tours and asked if we wanted to do a walk through. We did and it was really interesting. You get a quick explanation of the layout from the guide and then we were off on our own to check out the different areas. There are top hats at the locations Lincoln worked at, so it was fun to look for them.

We had to wear masks and did have to get out temp checked and use the hand sanitizer when we entered and when we went upstairs and were asked not to use the handrail unless we had to, so they were careful. At this point though, we're all pretty much used to all that. It was one of the unexpected highlights of our trip.
Written August 27, 2020
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Juulz29
8 contributions
Guides super helpful
Jul 2020
Troy was our guide and he was super knowledgeable and helpful. We were lucky to visit here right after in reopened. This site is important to Lincoln history and worth the stop.
Written July 25, 2020
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Steve R
Macon, GA495 contributions
Closed to Covid
Jul 2020 • Couples
I visited here several years ago and returned with my wife. While we did not get to go inside the historic markers around the grounds are worth the walk. To visit inside and see it much the same as when Lincoln walked the halls was memorable. Pot bellied stoves to heat the cold legislative halls is remarkable.
Written July 13, 2020
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Connector19145005123
10 contributions
Worth the trip
Sep 2019
This was an interesting visit. The building itself was something to look at. We were able to talk to some staff members and they shared some great information.
Written April 23, 2020
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mehtas2018
Nanuet, NY36 contributions
Old state capitol
Apr 2019 • Family
The place is amazing and If u are visiting Springfield u should visit this place. We completely enjoyed our guided tour.
Written March 23, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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