New York State Capitol
New York's fourth and current capitol building, this historic structure was completed in 1899 for the cost of $25 million. When completed, the capitol had set the record for the most expensive government building of the 19th century. The building was almost completely destroyed by a fire twelve years after its completion. The New York capitol building is one of only ten state capitols to not inlcude a dome. The capitol building is open for daily tours.
Backstory and Context
A fire nearly destroyed the entire structure in 1911, but the structure was saved by firefighters who put up a heroic stand inside the assembly room. Although they were able to stop the blaze before it consumed the entire building, the state library was a nearly complete loss and nearly half a million books and over a quarter million one-of-a-kind documents were destroyed. Once they had prevented the fire from engulfing that room, they had stopped the fire from spreading and were able to begin salvage operations.