Capitol Facts

  • The Capitol was designed by a joint venture of Edward Durell Stone of New York and Reynolds, Smith and Hills of Jacksonville. 
  • The first legislative session in the New Capitol was in 1978. Opening day of session was April 4, 1978. 
  • The New Capitol was dedicated on March 31, 1978. 
  • Construction on the Capitol began November 8, 1973. 
  • The Capitol was declared complete on August 19, 1977. 
  • It took 1,016 days to build the Capitol, equivalent to more than 3,200,000 man-hours of labor. 
  • The cost to build the Capitol was $45,028,079. The building itself cost $43,070,741 with an additional $1,957,338 committed to landscaping Waller Park. 
  • The grillwork on the outside of the Capitol was Edward Durell Stone's signature late in his architectural career. 
  • Despite the Capitol being referred to as a 22-story building, there are three underground floors. 
  • The observation deck rises 307 feet from the entrance on the Plaza Level. The 22nd floor is also 512 feet above sea level. 
  • The working life of the New Capitol is estimated at 100 years. 
  • The number of people in the Capitol during a normal workday is 1,500. During legislative session, this number increases to more than 5,000. 
  • The total square footage of the Capitol is 718,000, equal to approximately 400 homes.


Capitol Hours & Tours

400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

The Capitol is open to the public on weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is closed on weekends and holidays.

For inquiries about tours of the Capitol please call (850) 488-6167

Touring the Capitol