TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas residents and officials used words like "cool" and "awesome" to describe the restored grandeur of the Statehouse as the doors to a new visitor center opened.
The festivities on Thursday marked the completion of the nearly $330 million restoration project that took 13 years. Gov. Sam Brownback, Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast and members of the Kansas Historical Society cut a yellow ribbon opening the new center.
The space becomes the public entrance to the building that was constructed over 37 years starting in 1866. Visitors will enter the building from the north at the ground level and pass through limestone corridors that form the foundation. Photographs and other artifacts tell the history of the state, its people and landscape.