If you’ve seen more than a few of the state capitol buildings in the United States, you realize their resemblance to a certain building in Washington, D.C., is not a coincidence. More than half of the state capitols borrowed liberally from the design of our nation’s capitol. Extensive use of granite and marble? Check. Columns? Check. Of course, many feature the obligatory dome on top, a design element also found on hundreds of county courthouses throughout the country.
Yet some state capitol architects boldly produced different designs, whether due to budget issues, time constraints or a sense of adventure. Here are the Top 5 unusual state capitols.