Oklahoma State Capitol Visitor’s Entrance

A long-range vision brought to life with this new entrance.

After 18 months of construction, the lower level of the Oklahoma State Capitol was transformed into the primary public entrance. This new entrance not only improved the visitors experience at the Captiol, but serves multiple functions – including security and accessibility.

The exterior plaza includes limestone detailing and granite finishes, offering a park-like feel with an intimate amphitheater with terraced seating where visitors and students can gather, learn and have lunch outside. Great care was taken to keep the mature elm and oak trees as well as to integrate the landscape with the exterior design.

The new lobby is a grand and appropriate entry to Oklahoma’s most significant cultural building. Upon entering through the glass roof vestibule, guests are met with an Oklahoma state map inlayed in the floor with each county cut out of marble like a puzzle. Illuminated by skylight, the new entrance allows a view of the historic building at the point of transition between the new and old.

Continuing through the interior, visitors check in via an updated security area with new equipment and faster processes to shorten lines. Greeted by the guardian statue and guided by an information station, visitors can browse historic displays located within the waiting area.

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Oklahoma City, OK


State of Oklahoma


12,000 SF