Part of Wyoming’s State Capitol was renovated in 1980, leaving room for a more extensive renovation of the 125+-year-old building. Plans for another renovation began in the early 2000s, with the project for renovating and restoring Wyoming’s most significant building breaking ground in 2016. These plans included updating outdated systems, adding safety infrastructure, remodeling and expanding portions of the building and restoring some of the building’s historic architecture.
Did you know that the Wyoming State Capitol is one of only 20 State Capitols designated as a National Historic Landmark? The construction of this building began in 1888 in preparation of Wyoming entering the Union as the 44th state. Two of the three phases were completed when Wyoming joined the Union on July 10, 1890, with construction having been fully completed in 1917.
The Wyoming State Capitol was part of the United States’ “peak period” for capitol construction, a period between the 1850s and 1920s when most state capitols were built. A majority of these buildings were modeled after the Virginia State Capitol, which was the first major public building constructed in the U.S. with architectural features that expressed the country’s new democracy.
Above: The Wyoming State Capitol
Above: The Wyoming State Capitol entrance
Learn more about the history of Wyoming's State Capitol and the current renovations with this informational video.
Video courtesy the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.
WYOMING CAPITOL SQUARE PROJECT
For full details of the renovation taking place at the Wyoming State Capitol, visit the Wyoming Capitol Square Project's official website.