The Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will host an event celebrating the Rededication of the Idaho Capitol Building, beginning at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Community Room.
Local residents can watch the ceremony on the library’s big screen as it takes place on the south steps of the Capitol Building in Boise. The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. PST. Ten copies of the book “Ida Visits the Capitol” will be given away to children attending the Coeur d’Alene event.
The $120 million restoration began in April 2007 and two entire blocks of the capitol mall have been a major construction zone since then. This is the first comprehensive restoration and expansion of the building since 1920.
“Some of the most significant upgrades in the building are hidden behind the walls, ceilings, and floors,” said Commission Chairman Andrew Erstad, “but everyone who visits will be impressed with the stately and grand appearance of the public areas.”
The comprehensive floor-by-floor restoration brings the Idaho Capitol into the modern era as a functional building yet retains the charm and distinction that Idaho’s governmental landmark conveyed upon its original completion in 1920. The 50,000-square-foot underground Garden-Level expansion of the Capitol adds ten modern committee hearing rooms that seat between 80 and 200.
The expansion extends the Capitol’s underground footprint to occupy its entire two-city-block parcel while carefully preserving the original Table Rock sandstone façade and the century-old Capitol profile against the backdrop of the Boise Foothills.
More news and information about the Coeur d’Alene Public Library is available online at www.cdalibrary.org. News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: http://cdacity.blogspot.com/.