Welcome!

News Feed Item

Kansas State Capitol Restored to Its Glory

TOPEKA, Kan., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kansas government work never stopped inside the Kansas State Capitol even as the multi-million dollar restoration work was taking place in, out and all around the majestic building.  Kansas Day, January 29, 2014 celebrated 153 years of statehood with a dedication ceremony of the newly restored building.

Kansas State Capitol multi-million dollar restoration of the majestic building is now complete. Visitors now enjoy the fruits of 14 years of labor on this basement-to-dome renovation. The new copper dome gleams brightly atop the one state capitol building that closely mimics the U.S. Capitol. Nearly 95% of the Capitol's original interior features were restored including stenciling and uncovering of historic murals.  The Kansas Capitol is open to visitors Mon-Fri from 8 am -5 pm and Saturday 8 am - 1 pm.

Now, visitors enjoy the fruits of the labor of the past 14 years of basement-to-dome construction.  The new ground level visitor center is a welcome addition offering tours, history, maps and more.  Even those who once were familiar with the building will find it very helpful to stop by and get re-familiarized to the many changes.

Nearly 95% of the Capitol's original interior features were restored, from paint stenciling on walls and ceilings to the uncovering of murals that had been painted over in years past.  The exterior native Kansas limestone required considerable repair and replacement. 

But, the most outstanding feature first noticeable is the brightly gleaming copper dome topped with Ad Astra Per Aspera (Latin for "To the Stars Through Difficulties"), a sculpture of a Kansa Indian warrior poised to shoot an arrow to the North Star. Workers replaced the old copper dome that was heavily coated with a green patina.   The copper shine is estimated to last 40 to 50 years before it, too, might begin to turn green due to the atmosphere.

The most recent and final step of the restoration project for many visitors is the re-opening of the inside steps to the very top of the Capitol dome.  Tours resumed in February 2014.  After taking the elevator to the fifth floor there are then 296 steps to the top of the outer dome.  The tour pace is relatively relaxed, with resting points at all the levels.

The dome of the Kansas State Capitol mimics that of the U.S. Capitol, making it unique.  The Kansas Capitol building is already on the National Register of Historic Places but a Maryland-based consultant hired to assess Topeka's historic preservation plan believes it should be considered for National Historic Landmark status. 

The project, carried out by Treanor Architects and JE Dunn Construction included updates to infrastructure, interiors, exteriors, the addition of office space, a new 550 space underground parking and a new visitor center.

The Capitol is open for visitors on Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm. Public and group tours are conducted by the Kansas Historical Society Monday through Friday. Reservations for tours are highly recommended and can be made http://www.kshs.org/p/reserve-a-historic-tour-of-the-capitol/15844 and by calling 785-296-3966. The Capitol Store, operated by the Kansas Historical Foundation, is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

For more information, visit www.TravelKS.com, or call 785-296-2009. Find Kansas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelKS and on Twitter at @TravelKS.

Kansas State Capitol multi-million dollar restoration of the majestic building is now complete. Visitors now enjoy the fruits of 14 years of labor on this basement-to-dome renovation. The new copper dome gleams brightly atop the one state capitol building that closely mimics the U.S. Capitol. Nearly 95% of the Capitol's original interior features were restored including stenciling and uncovering of historic murals.  The Kansas Capitol is open to visitors Mon-Fri from 8 am -5 pm and Saturday 8 am - 1 pm.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140402/LA96309-a

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140402/LA96309-b

SOURCE Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
While the focus and objectives of IoT initiatives are many and diverse, they all share a few common attributes, and one of those is the network. Commonly, that network includes the Internet, over which there isn't any real control for performance and availability. Or is there? The current state of the art for Big Data analytics, as applied to network telemetry, offers new opportunities for improving and assuring operational integrity. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Frey, Vice President of S...
"DX encompasses the continuing technology revolution, and is addressing society's most important issues throughout the entire $78 trillion 21st-century global economy," said Roger Strukhoff, Conference Chair. "DX World Expo has organized these issues along 10 tracks with more than 150 of the world's top speakers coming to Istanbul to help change the world."
"We focus on SAP workloads because they are among the most powerful but somewhat challenging workloads out there to take into public cloud," explained Swen Conrad, CEO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"As we've gone out into the public cloud we've seen that over time we may have lost a few things - we've lost control, we've given up cost to a certain extent, and then security, flexibility," explained Steve Conner, VP of Sales at Cloudistics,in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We provide IoT solutions. We provide the most compatible solutions for many applications. Our solutions are industry agnostic and also protocol agnostic," explained Richard Han, Head of Sales and Marketing and Engineering at Systena America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are focused on SAP running in the clouds, to make this super easy because we believe in the tremendous value of those powerful worlds - SAP and the cloud," explained Frank Stienhans, CTO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"Peak 10 is a hybrid infrastructure provider across the nation. We are in the thick of things when it comes to hybrid IT," explained , Chief Technology Officer at Peak 10, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are still a relatively small software house and we are focusing on certain industries like FinTech, med tech, energy and utilities. We help our customers with their digital transformation," noted Piotr Stawinski, Founder and CEO of EARP Integration, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I think DevOps is now a rambunctious teenager – it’s starting to get a mind of its own, wanting to get its own things but it still needs some adult supervision," explained Thomas Hooker, VP of marketing at CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We've been engaging with a lot of customers including Panasonic, we've been involved with Cisco and now we're working with the U.S. government - the Department of Homeland Security," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution and join Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader, Sergey Grebnov, in his session at @ThingsExpo, for an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
Any startup has to have a clear go –to-market strategy from the beginning. Similarly, any data science project has to have a go to production strategy from its first days, so it could go beyond proof-of-concept. Machine learning and artificial intelligence in production would result in hundreds of training pipelines and machine learning models that are continuously revised by teams of data scientists and seamlessly connected with web applications for tenants and users.
"We're here to tell the world about our cloud-scale infrastructure that we have at Juniper combined with the world-class security that we put into the cloud," explained Lisa Guess, VP of Systems Engineering at Juniper Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I will be talking about ChatOps and ChatOps as a way to solve some problems in the DevOps space," explained Himanshu Chhetri, CTO of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.