Built in 1938 after the previous State House burned, this marble Modern Greek structure faces a Capitol Mall containing four monumental state buildings to the north, across Court Street.
In the Rotunda are four large, Depression period murals illustrating events in Oregon history: Captain Robert Gray at the mouth of the Columbia River in 1792; Lewis and Clark on their way to the Pacific in 1805; the first women to cross the continent by covered wagon, welcomed by Dr. John McLoughlin in 1836; and the first wagon train migration in 1843.
Open: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: Spring break until Labor Day 9am to 4pm.
Park in metered spaces on State or Court Street. Or from Chemeketa Street, enter the underground Capitol Parking, park in metered space and take elevator to North capitol Mall across Court Street from the Capitol.
When You Are Here:
Tours of the Capitol leave on the hour between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Memorial Day through Labor Day) and by appointment at other seasons. Tours of the Tower, below the Gold Pioneer statue, leave on the half hour 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Spring Break through Labor Day. A brochure describing a self-guided tour is available at the Visitor Information Desk in the Lobby.
Through December 30: "Holidays at the Capitol" features a Christmas tree, train, decorations and daily concerts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends. Most concerts are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 503 986 1388.
February 14 - 18: Celebrating the Lewis and Clark Expedition, five days of celebration are planned in the Capitol.
February 14, 10 a.m. Joint video conference between governors of Oregon and Missouri in House Chamber. 11 a.m. "Happy Birthday to Oregon" is featured in the Galleria. 12 p.m. "Weapons and Tools of Lewis and Clark" will be presented by Michael Carrick.
Tuesday, February 15. Special performances by Native American tribes will begin at 10 a.m. in House and Senate Chambers. 12 p.m. Native American Dance and Music will be performed in the Rotunda.
Wednesday, February 16. "You Are There" presentation by botanist Ellen Norris Bishop will experience the expedition. Samplings of trail foods will be available in the Galleria in the afternoon.
Thursday, February 17. Forging demonstrations hosted by Ft. Vancouver will be held on the steps of the Capitol from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. A lecture by Stephen Dow Beckham will be presented at 12 p.m. in HR D. "The Cargo of Lewis and Clark", a power point presentation by Ken Karsmizki of the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center will be shown at 1:15 in Room 50.
Friday,February 18. Fun Run/Walk will begin on the steps of the Capitol. Fee to enter is $12 with funds going to the Governor's Food Drive.
For more information, contact Debbie Lowery, Legislative Administration Project Coodinator at 503 986 1654.
Near the front entrance to the Capitol are new Medal of Honor memorials at the east and west flagpoles, dedicated on September 18, 2004. They honor 13 Oregon servicemen who fought in military conflicts extending over a hundred years, from 1868 to 1971.
To Learn More:
This link to Salemhistory has Oregon State Capitol information and history.
In a future issue, we will add to this page photographs taken during the 1935 fire in the State House, the construction of the present building and the development of the North Capitol Mall.