Senate & House Chambers
An exterior view of the northwest side of the Capitol shows the fire in the House of Representatives Chamber on January 4, 1904. Both the House Chamber and committee rooms were badly damaged. The blaze, apparently caused by a workman's candle left burning, caused an estimated $400,000 to $500,000 in damages.
The damage to the House of Representatives Chamber following the fire was immense. With the Legislature due to convene a week after the fire, conferences were immediately held to determine what could be done to repair the House Chamber. When the House convened, it was decided to use the Chamber anyway. Tarps were hung to cover holes in the ceiling, and the Session proceeded in spite of heavy soot that necessitated daily baths for House members.