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Welcome to the Colorado State Capitol


The Capitol building houses the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Office of the Governor, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, and the Department of the Treasury.   The elected officials in the building work to make laws and administer state government.

The Capitol building was designed by Elijah E. Myers, and its construction lasted from 1886 through 1901.  The Colorado Capitol was designed on an axis in the form of a Greek cross and resembles the basic design of the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. The cost of the construction was about $3 million.  The cost of replicating this building today is impossible to determine.

The exterior walls of the Capitol are constructed of granite quarried near Gunnison Colorado. The pink stone seen throughout the Capitol is rose onyx discovered near Beulah, Colorado. This coloration of onyx has never been found anywhere else in the world. The floors of the Capitol are constructed of yule marble from Marble, Colorado.

In 1908 Colorado gold miners made a gift of 200 ounces of gold to gild the dome.  Rising 272 feet above the ground, the gleaming gold dome on the Colorado Capitol is a fitting tribute to the history of our state.

NOW SEEKING COLLEGE STUDENTS TO WORK AS SUMMER CAPITOL GUIDES!   Visitor Services invites college students to apply for this 12-week temporary paid position that includes one week (35 hours) unpaid vacation. Position involves providing tours and light clerical support at the Colorado State Capitol, beginning May 28 and ending August 16, 2019. 
The ideal candidate will have an interest in Colorado history and state government and enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds.  Capitol guides are responsible for leading capitol tours, staffing the gift desk, capitol museum and dome observation area, and providing visitors with concierge-type services.  
Send cover letter and resume by March 29, 2019.  Apply by email to: with “Capitol summer guide” in the email subject line.