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Capitol in Lincoln

The first two Capitols in Lincoln were poorly constructed of inferior materials and by 1915 there was interest in building a third State Capitol. In January of 1919, the Legislature passed the Mears-Tracewell Bill to provide for construction of a new Capitol.

Capitol in Lincoln

The Third Capitol

Also included in the legislation were provisions for a Capitol Commission to oversee construction of the building, and provisions for a funding source.

The members of the Capitol Commission as prescribed by law were the Governor, ex-officio member and the chairman, and the four citizens he appointed with the approval of the Senate. They were to conduct the design competition and oversee construction. To help with the project they were given the power to hire a consulting architect and a construction engineer. Thomas Rogers Kimball, FAIA, was selected as the Commission’s professional advisor, and he developed the design competition. Under his leadership the competition was opened to Nebraska firms and then a selected list of national architects. Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue was chosen by a three member jury of non-competing architects in June 1920.

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We're open 7 days a week, so plan a visit here. Then, explore some photos and perhaps read more about the Memorial Chamber.

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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1445 K Street
We’re on K, between 14th and 16th Streets
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509–4696
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Building hours

  • Monday ‐ Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday ⁄ Holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Tours Available on the Hour
    (Except at Noon)
  • Open every day except Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.