El Capitolio de Puerto Rico stands as a powerful symbol of self-government. Inaugurated in February 11th, 1929, the idea for a capitol building of Puerto Rico had been gestating since 1907. It was then that Luis Muñoz Rivera, a strong proponent of administrative autonomy for the island and former Resident Commissioner, began campaigning for such a building.
he dome, however, was not completed until 1961. Although Puerto Rican architect Rafael Carmoega designed this magnificent Neoclassical Revival style building, many other famous Puerto Rican artists--Rafael Rios Rey, José Oliver, Jorge Rechani and Rafael Tufiño and others--collaborated on the capitol's interior design, which is highlighted by murals and mosaics depicting Puerto Rico's history.
El Capitolio of Puerto Rico is home to the island’s Senate and House of Representatives. Inside the building is the original document for the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a powerful symbol of self-government.
El Capitolio de Puerto Rico is located astride the Ponce de León and Muñoz Rivera aves. in the area of Puerta de Tierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It still houses the Puerto Rico Legislature.