State Capitol Building, Pennsylvania

Also known as: Main Capitol Building
Third, Walnut, Commonwealth and North Sts., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania



The Pennsylvania State Capitol building is an example of Renaissance Revival architecture as defined through Beaux Arts Classicism. It also reflects an outstanding collaboration between architect, artist, sculptor, and craftsman, seeking to develop a true unity and singleness of purpose. Murals by Edward Austin Abbey and Violet Oakley, sculptures by George Grey Bernard, floor tiles by Henry Chapman Mercer, and stained glass by William Brantley Van Ingen, adorn the building with historic depictions of the history of Pennsylvania. During the period that witnessed a national movement to build monumental state capitols, the Pennsylvania State Capitol emerged as a perfect example of the American Renaissance influence on government buildings. The design of the Capitol shows direct influence of the Europe and the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893, as well as the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Boston Public Library by McKim, Mead and White. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, September 20, 2006

National Register information 

Note: The following information comes from the NRHP database and has not been verified.
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1977
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Renaissance; Other architectural type; Italian Renaissance
Areas of significance
Art; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1902; 1906
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 3
Non-contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing structures: 2