I have now seen all three existing Capitol buildings in the state of Illinois. It’s funny how similar they are in some ways, even though they vary wildly in size. It’s also strange to realize that they were all built in a span of just over 30 years!
Yesterday, we visited Vandalia, IL, which was the second capital of our state. While we were there, we toured the Capitol building, which was the third such building in Vandalia alone, and the fourth total for the state of Illinois (the first having been in Kaskaskia).
Of course, the capital moved to Springfield not long after that building was completed, and a new Capitol was built (conveniently just across the street from Abraham Lincoln’s law office)…the fifth for the state. We had the chance to tour that building today.
Although it’s laid out in a similar fashion to the Vandalia Capitol, with two main floors for business, and a third-floor gallery, it’s a much, much bigger building. And unbelievably, even it wasn’t large enough, which is why it’s the “Old Capitol Building!”
It is a beautiful building, and it’s dripping with history…this is the place from which Lincoln gave his famous “House Divided” speech. We were lucky enough to get to meet “Lincoln” himself while we were there!
It’s amazing to think that he actually walked the streets around this building!
It’s a shame that it served the state for a relatively brief period of time, but at least it’s still around for us to enjoy and learn from!