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Indiana Department of Administration

IDOA > Statehouse Tour Office > The Statehouse Story > A Center of Civic Life A Center of Civic Life

Indiana's Statehouse, a building of outstanding architectural beauty, has served as a center of civic life in Indiana since 1888.

Elected and appointed representatives of all three branches of government work at the Statehouse. The governor's office is here. The Indiana General Assembly, our citizen legislature, has chambers here for the Senate and for the House of Representatives. The State Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals are also located in this building. When the Statehouse was constructed in 1888, it housed all the governmental offices. However, as the size of government increased, some offices were moved off-site. Today many governmental offices are located in a complex to the west of the Statehouse.

The Statehouse itself has undergone many alterations since it was built. Some renovations were undertaken in an effort to accommodate the growth of government, others to enable a nineteenth-century building to meet modern needs, and still others for cosmetic reasons. In 1988 the most substantive restoration/renovation returned many of the public areas of the Statehouse to their original Victorian era appearance.

The Statehouse has witnessed many debates affecting the course of Hoosier history. For example, women lobbied here in pursuit of the vote, and labor and racial issues have motivated people to rally here in protest.

This is a place, too, where people come to commemorate individuals and events from our past, as well as to celebrate the present and the future. Indeed, the Statehouse is a symbol not just of government but of the Hoosier State and its people.

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