Old Kentucky State Capitol


Frankfort, Kentucky

Client: State of Kentucky

Scope of Services: Condition Assessment; Repair Recommendations for Roofs, Chimneys and Parapet

Designed by Gideon Shryock and constructed in 1828 of white Kentucky river marble, this National Historic Landmark is one of the country’s earliest examples of the Greek Revival style of architecture.

This was the first large building west of the Appalachian Mountains built in this style popular for public buildings in the East. Its prominent domed lantern floods the staircase with sunlight.

In 1920 the building, no longer used as the capitol, became home to the Kentucky Heritage Society. Today, it is a cultural and educational center housing exhibits, programs, and special events.

The building has been plagued with roof leaks for decades, and despite the earlier installation of a new copper roof, roof leaks persisted. JKOA determined the cause(s) and designed remedial actions. Repair action addressed roofs, chimneys, and wall parapets.