Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Georgians Celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Georgia Capitol

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel celebrated the 120th anniversary of the Georgia Capitol today with citizens from around the state. Joining the Secretary as sponsors for the Capitol birthday party were the Office of the Governor, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, The Georgia Capitol Museum and Friends of the Georgia Archives.

“The Georgia Capitol plays host to legislators and constitutional officers as they conduct the State’s business,” Secretary Handel said. “Many Georgians forget they also have the opportunity to visit the Capitol to learn our State’s storied history. I enjoyed seeing so many Georgians take that opportunity today.”

Constructed between 1884 and 1889, this monumental neoclassical structure with its gilded dome is the perfect expression and symbol for the capitol of the “New South” as Atlanta considered itself to be after the Reconstruction. Along with many state capitols, its design and form follow architectural precedents established by the United States Capitol.

The Georgia State Capitol is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and is closed on weekends and holidays. Guided tours are available Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.

Additional events are planned throughout the year to celebrate the Capitol’s anniversary. For more information, visit

Karen Handel was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2007. The Secretary of State's office offers important services to our citizens and our business community. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.
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