It is not uncommon to hear visitors to the Charleston-area commenting on the beauty of our State Capitol, which climbs to 293-feet and is gilded in 23-1/2-karat gold. Built in three phases and completed in 1932, the classical-style building cost just under $10 million dollars. The architect, Cass Gilbert, also designed the world’s first skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City. Two-thirds of the interior of West Virginia’s State Capitol is White Imperial Danby Vermont, Italian Travertine and Tennessee Marble, while the outside is buff Indiana limestone. The Capitol grounds also host the Governor’s Mansion, the Culture Center and State Museum and the Veteran’s War Memorial.
We highly recommend a visit to the West Virginia State Capitol during your stay in Charleston. Visitors can take as long or as little as they like visiting the area, and the grounds are a wonderful escape from a busy workday. The State Capitol is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Wingate by Wyndham is a short, 10-minute drive from the Capitol grounds, and metered parking is available on the campus.