State Capitol, between E. 14th and E. Colfax aves. facing Lincoln St., is a 1908 neoclassic building that resembles the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The imposing structure is built of Colorado granite and topped with a gold-leafed dome, which commemorates the state’s mid-19th-century gold rush days. The floors are made of marble from the Yule Marble Quarry in Marble, Colo. On display is the Women’s Gold tapestry, honoring 18 Colorado women who were instrumental in the settlement of the state.
The interior wainscoting and pillar facings are of Colorado rose onyx. In keeping with Denver’s identity as the Mile High City, the 13th step on the building’s west entrance measures exactly 1 mile above sea level. In addition to the above highlights, guided tours provide insights into Colorado’s history and the state’s legislative process as well as an optional trip up 99 stairs to the dome observation area.
Note: Phone ahead for information about security procedures and tour availability.