Louisiana State Capitol
Louisiana State Capitol is an eye-catching skyscraper that looms over the northern edge of downtown Baton Rouge. Rising to a height of 450 feet (137 meters), the building is the city’s tallest landmark and the tallest capitol building in the U.S. Visit the Louisiana State Capitol to admire its architecture, see its ornate reception halls and appreciate uninterrupted city views.
Inaugurated in 1932, the skyscraper was the brainchild of former governor Huey P. Long and replaced the Old State Capitol. Today, it houses the administrative offices and chambers of the Louisiana State Legislature. In 1935, local physician Dr. Carl Weiss shot Huey Long at the close of a legislative session. A memorial statue of Long faces the building from State Capitol Park.
Stand outside the building and gaze up at its 34-story art deco structure. Look for artistic features such as allegorical busts, reliefs and sculptures of Louisiana’s state symbols. Approach the entrance via the grand 49-step staircase. Pay attention to the names of the 50 states of the U.S. engraved into the steps. On either side of the staircase are statues that represent Louisiana’s early settlers and pioneers.
Once inside you can peek into the capitol’s chambers and halls. Most notable is the Memorial Hall, which has a relief map of Louisiana embedded in its floor. Marvel at the ornate décor of the House Chamber, Senate Chamber and Speaker’s Office when not being used for official purposes.
Take the elevator to the viewing platform situated on the 27th floor. Gaze over Baton Rouge’s rooftops and along the Mississippi River. Admire the perfectly manicured lawns of State Capitol Park and Arsenal Park.
Located in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Capitol is less than a 20-minute walk from major city attractions. Among these are Baton Rouge River Center, Old State Capitol and Shaw Center for the Arts. Metered street parking is available on the south side of State Capitol Park.
The building is open daily, except for select public holidays, and admission is free. Ask at the welcome desk about free guided tours of the building and gardens.