Old State Capitol


Skill level for model:  Advanced
The Old State Capitol is Illinois’ fifth statehouse – the first to be located in Springfield. Following architect John P. Rague's plans, workers erected the Greek Revival-style building between 1837 and 1853.  The variegated yellow/brown stone forming the structure's exterior walls was quarried about six miles away at nearby Sugar Creek.  The reconstructed building interior contains rooms interpreting government offices, the supreme courtroom, a magnificent rotunda, legislative chambers, and smaller offices and meeting rooms. A large lawn and a replica of the original 1850s ornamental iron fence surround the landmark. In 1961 the Old State Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark, and in 1966, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Tips for construction of cardstock models:

  1. Print the model pages out in color onto cardstock. Normal weight paper will be too flimsy. Larger, more challenging buildings can take many sheets of cardstock. For example, the Gardner Museum takes 10 sheets; Old Main requires 17; while the Old State Capitol requires a substantial 41 sheets (not for the faint-hearted). Smaller less complex buildings are better for first-time or younger builders. The Thomas Lincoln home and the Berry-Lincoln Store each only require 2 sheets; most of the Main Street buildings take 5 sheets or less of cardstock.
  2. Although not required, you may wish to print out a second copy (plain paper is fine) as a reference guide. Once you start cutting out your cardstock model pieces you may find it helpful to be able to read all of the notes and arrows on a second, uncut, plain-paper copy.
  3. Use sharp scissors or a slim, handled, craft-knife when cutting. A metal straight-edge will assist when you cut.
  4. Although standard white “school” glues will work, some similar “craft” opaque white glues dry more quickly and with less warping. Clear plastic-model glues, rubber cement, or glue sticks don’t work as well.
  5. When gluing, lightly glue the tabs only, not the receiving surface. Be careful not to use too much glue or the paper may warp or pucker.
  6. Let the model dry after gluing each piece before attempting the next. You may find that you want to space construction out over more than one day.
  7. To make the crispest edges, lightly score along the inside of fold lines before folding.
  8. Glue the roof on last.
  9. Enjoy Building Your Own Illinois historic building and check back again for additional buildings.