Old State Capitol

Also known as: Sangamon County Courthouse
Bounded by 5th, 6th, Adams, and Washington Sts., Springfield, Illinois

Photos 

Old State House

1. HISTORIC AMERICAN BUILDINGS SURVEY PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN, ABOUT 1898, VIEW FROM SOUTH-WEST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress

Map 

Street View 

Description 

From 1837 to 1876, this structure served as Illinois' fifth State Capitol. Abraham Lincoln was a member of the first legislature which sat here (1840-41). He made his noted "House Divided" speech here (1858), in accepting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 4, 1961

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000331
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Area of significance
Politics/Government
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Capitol
Current function
Museum
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1839; 1865

Update Log 

  • June 9, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • July 19, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth

Sources