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Project Phases and Timeline

In response to the competition requirement that the new Capitol be built in a fiscally responsible manner, Bertram Goodhue’s “cross within square” floor plan allowed construction to begin around the old Capitol while still occupied, and workers still conducting state business.

After the north and south sections of the outer square of the new building were constructed around the old, the offices were moved into the new and the old demolished. The second construction phase included the east side of the square and the north, south and east arms of the cross. Third phase construction completed the tower. In the final phase, workers finished the remaining west arm of the cross, completing the building in 1932 after ten years of construction. When landscaping was completed in 1934, the Capitol was fully paid for at a cost of $9.8 million.

Timeline of Capitol Commission and Construction Activity

February, 1919: Legislature passed Bill to create Capitol Commission and fund Capitol Construction

June, 1919: Capitol Commission hires T.R. Kimball as architectural advisor

December, 1919: Preliminary Competition identifies three Nebraska architects for Final Competition

June, 1920: Judgement of Final Competition, Jury choses Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue

November, 1920: Commission signs contract with Architect

April 15, 1922: Groundbreaking for new Capitol by Governor Samuel R. McKelvie

April, 1922: First contract awarded to W.J. Assenmacher Co. for the excavation of the site and laying of foundation.

July, 1922: Contract awarded to J.H. Weise Co. for first phase superstructure construction (north and south sections of square base)

November 11, 1922: Cornerstone laid with American Legion participating

April 24, 1924: Death of architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue

November, 1924: Contract signed with Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue Associates for continuance of archtiectural work

December, 1924: State offices moved from old building to newly completed outer square of new building

March 1925: Contracts awarded to J.H. Weise Co. for demolition of old Capitol

April 1925: Contracts for second construction phase awarded to J.H. Weise Co. (east side, east, north and south arms of cross, and base of tower)

February 1928: Contracts for third phase construction (tower) awarded to Peter Kiewit Sons Co.

April 24, 1930: “The Sower” was raised to the top of the Capitol

June 1930: Contracts awarded to W. J. Assenmacher Co. for the fourth phase of construction

August, 1931: Contracts awarded for grounds lighting

September, 1931: Contracts awarded for landscape excavating, grading and concrete work

January, 1932: Contracts awarded for Furnishings including furniture and floor covering

April, 1932: Contracts awarded for Lamp Posts

May, 1932: Contracts awarded for sodding of the grounds

February, 1934: Contracts awarded for planting trees and shrubs on Capitol grounds

List of Expenses

Architectural Expenses

Capitol Commission Expenses

Inspection Expenses

Miscellaneous Expense Items

Furnishings and Decorations

First Construction

Wrecking Old Building

Second Construction

Third Construction

Fourth Construction

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Capitol quick facts

  • Construction started in 1922, completed in 1932.
  • The architect was Bertram G. Goodhue.
  • There are 15 floors above ground.
  • The building is 400 feet tall.
  • It is the third Nebraska State Capitol.
  • It cost $9.8 million in 1932 dollars.

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