The Colorado State Capitol Building, located at 200 East Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, United States, is home to the Colorado General Assembly as well as the offices of the state’s Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The Colorado General Assembly meets in the Colorado State Capitol Building.
The edifice is intended to resemble the United States Capitol building in appearance. In the 1890s, Colorado white granite was used to construct the structure, which was designed by Elijah E. Myers. It first opened its doors in November 1894. The spectacular gold dome, which is constructed of actual gold leaf, was first erected in 1908 to celebrate the Colorado Gold Rush and has been in place ever since.
The building is located in the Civic Center area of Denver. A component of the Civic Center Historic District, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It became a component of the Denver Civic Center National Historic Landmark District in 2012, and it was designated as such in 2014.
Beginning in 2001 and ending in 2009, the Colorado State Historical Fund provided funding for a significant safety upgrade project that began in 2001 and was completed in 2009. A modern safety feature, such as enclosed stair towers, has been incorporated into the design by Fentress Architects, which blends seamlessly with the historic structure. An journey to the Colorado Capitol Building is a common stop on many architectural tours in Denver.
In terms of height, the historic structure, which serves as the beginning of the Capitol Hill district, is slightly higher than the rest of downtown Denver. There are 180 feet (55 meters) between the ground and the top of the dome, which is about equivalent to the height of an 18-story building. Also noteworthy is that the official height of Denver is measured outside the west door of the structure, where the fifteenth step is carved with the words “One Mile Above Sea Level.”
From this vantage point at 5,280 feet, you can see the sun setting behind the Rocky Mountains (1,609 m). It wasn’t until 1969 that students from Colorado State University resurveyed the height and decided to put another mile high marker in the 18th step. When a third monument was erected in 2003, a more exact measurement was made using modern technologies, and the 13th step was determined to be one mile (1.6 km) high, confirming the previous findings.
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