Old State Capitol
Designed in the Greek Revival style that was all the rage on the 19th-century frontier, the Old State Capitol in Springfield opened its doors in 1839, when Abraham Lincoln was 30 years old. A successful attorney and sometime legislator, he spent much of his career doing research and defending clients within its walls.
Lincoln's law office that he shared with William Herndon was across the street.
Photos and text © Gleaves Whitney 2005