Architect: Cass Gilbert
As the only state born of the Civil War, West Virginia had much to prove with its state capitol. And, as any realtor will tell you, it all starts with location, location, location. The building rises 293 feet above the banks of the Kanahwa River, and its gold-leafed dome -- which is larger than the US Capitol’s -- is framed by the state tree, the Sugar Maple. Inside, there are nine different types of marble, Italian Alabaster lampshades, and the original 1932 black-walnut legislative desks.
Be your own tour guide: The dome’s chandelier weighs 4,000 pounds and omits the equivalent light of 15,000 candles. It is lowered for dusting every four years (there's a fun job), just before the governor’s inauguration.