Illinois Old State Capitol building reopens for tours


Starting Thursday, October 7, the Old State Capitol building in Springfield will once again welcome visitors to tour inside the state’s historic site, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said on Tuesday. The building has been closed to visitors since last spring to work on a repair and restoration project.

The project involved the installation of a new roof on the drum that supports the dome of the Old Capitol as well as the restoration of the columns and windows of the drum.

“We are delighted to reopen the Old State Capitol as the interior portion of the dome restoration project is complete,” Von Bandy, director of the IDNR Office of Land Management, said in a statement. “We invite customers to plan a visit to experience the new educational gallery and the new video room. “

As work on the exterior of the building continues, painting of the interior of the drum, repair of plaster, and painting of interior ceilings and walls is complete.

“The Old State Capitol building is one of Illinois’ most historic landmarks, and we are proud to have worked with the IDNR to oversee these important updates to the interior of the facility,” said said Jim Underwood, executive director of the Illinois Capitol Development Board. “As work continues on the exterior of the building, we are delighted that the public now has the opportunity to tour and experience the State Capitol in a new and interactive way. “

While the Old State Capitol was closed to visitors, IDNR State Historic Sites staff installed a new educational gallery and video room that will expand the visitor experience. A new 11-minute video highlights the historic significance of the Old Capitol, as well as the building’s relevance today.

Starting October 7, the Old State Capitol will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All visitors should adhere to current CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines regarding face coverings and social distancing.

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