“The capitol of the 35th state in the union!”
The exterior of the classical-styled building is buff Indiana limestone. More than 700 train carloads of limestone and 4,640 tons of steel were used in its construction. The magnificent 293- foot gold dome which tops the structure is five feet higher than the dome of the U.S. Capitol. The entire dome is gilded in 23 ½ karat gold leaf applied to the copper and lead roof in tiny 3 3/8 inch squares. Two thirds of the interior of the Capitol is marble - White Imperial Danby Vermont, Italian Travertine, and Tennessee. Consisting of 535,000 square feet of floor space, the building has 333 rooms in its main unit and two wings. The 1930s Capitol building is said to be haunted by the ghost of a woman as well as the spirit of a maintenance man who perished of a heart attack on the job. Some believe the 2 ghosts actually died in a 1921 fire; others dispute that claim.
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