|Year(s) Listed: • 2006|
|City/Town: • Topeka|
|Location Class: • Government|
|Built: 1855 | Abandoned: N/A|
|Historic Designation: • National Register of Historic Places (July 15, 2008)|
|Status: • Saved|
|Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance|
Located on Kansas Avenue in downtown Topeka, the original 1855 construction of Constitution Hall is hidden behind a 20th century façade. Under construction in 1855 as a commercial building, it was turned into Constitution Hall before it was completed as the need for a meeting place for the free-state legislature was urgent. The activities and events of this capitol contrast with the three territorial period capitols owned and operated by the State of Kansas, which are historically proslavery. It is a historic site listed in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program. The building is continuing to deteriorate because of inadequate funding for repairs and restoration.