History & Architecture

Evolution of Illinois State Capitals

The project proceeded until delayed by Piquenard's death in 1876 and halted by a lack of funds in 1877. The project continued in 1884 with new funds and a fresh perspective from architect W. W. Boyington, who also designed Chicago's Water Tower building.

A quirk of fate prevented Chicago from possibly becoming Illinois' 4th Capital. The General Assembly planned to convene its fall 1871 session there until the Great Chicago Fire occurred on October 8 and 9.

Instead, Springfield remained the Capital city, and on January 3, 1877, the General Assembly convened its first session in the new building.

The project was completed in 1888 at a cost of $4.3 million, and a balance of $6.35 was returned to the state treasury.

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