The Kentucky State Office Building is located at 501 High Street in Frankfort, Kentucky and serves as a Commonwealth-owned office tower. Construction on the Kentucky State Office Building began in 1938 and was completed three years later.1 The 179-foot high Art Deco building, containing 13 floors, was constructed on the site of the former Kentucky State Penitentiary.
In 1963, a ten story addition was completed on the north-facing side of the tower. On October 17, 2007, the State Office Building was rededicated after $55 million in renovations that included modernizing the building for the 21st century and the restoration of the numerous Art Deco elements inside and outside.1 The floor plan was modified to be modular, increasing the occupancy from 800 to 1,200.
The renovation of the State Office Building has been a wonderful success story for state government and downtown Frankfort. Not only did we save the architectural beauty of this historic structure while modernizing the workspace, we also increased building capacity and came in $4.1 million under budget.1
Today, the office building houses the Department of Revenue, the Personnel Cabinet and the Commonwealth Office of Technology. It formerly housed the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.