Prior to its completion women did not have separate quarters.Male inmates built a wall around the old Wardens home to serve as a separate facility for women.From its beginnings as a single cell house, the penitentiary grew to a complex of several distinctive buildings surrounded by a high sandstone wall.

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The final cost of the building was approximately $2,098,455.05 and it was completed in 1920. The capitol building is 208 feet high and takes up a total of 201,720 square feet, and there is over 50,000 square feet of artistically carved marble.

The architects used several different materials to construct the building and their architecture was inspired by various sources and cultures.. There are 219 pillars on the original building which were On the first floor of the capitol building, when looking upward to the dome, thirteen large stars and forty-three smaller stars can be seen.

This building had seven two-person cells, a central day room, kitchen, and bathroom facilities.

This building held the infamous Cell House 5 (1954) was Maximum Security where the most unruly and violent offenders stayed.

On this floor there are many historic paintings that the public can see as well as three murals by Dana prompted the U. Army to re-establish a fort in the area in 1863 during the U. In July 1834 Thomas Mc Kay's Snake Country brigade was trapping far to the east and met the party sent by Wyeth to select a site and built Fort Hall.

At the end of July, Mc Kay departed for , on the Little Salmon River.

The two chambers on the third floor were remodeled in 1968. The Settlers' Irrigation Ditch, 1892, changed the arid region into a productive farming community which was incorporated in 1902.

Also on this floor is the Idaho Supreme Court room which is used for hearings and committee meetings of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee. Eagle - The name for the town and nearby island came from the earliest settlers in the valley.

Cell House 3 (1899) was built the same as Cell House 2.

It was eventually condemned for habitation, but in 1921 was converted into a shoe factory.

On the north side of the second floor rotunda is the statue of George Washington astride a horse.