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Charleston History Through Postcards

Victorian Capitol


In 1870, the state capital was moved from Wheeling to Charleston. The 1870 capitol was built in the Italianate style, with Romanesque details. The state’s fourth capitol building, the second one in Charleston, incorporated the 1870 capitol into the new structure. The 85 rooms of the new building, shown here, were completely occupied in 1887. This building was the seat of government until it burned in 1921.

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