Capitol Mall

The Capitol Mall or Capitol Mall Boulevard is a major street and landscaped parkway in the state capital city of Sacramento, California. It connects the city of West Sacramento in Yolo County to Downtown Sacramento. Capitol Mall begins at the eastern approach to the Tower Bridge, and runs east to 10th Street and the California State Capitol.

Capitol Mall
Capitol Mall Boulevard
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Westward view of the Capitol Mall, from the California State Capitol Museum Park.
Maintained bySacramento, California
Coordinates38°34′43″N 121°30′06″W / 38.57865°N 121.50164°W / 38.57865; -121.50164Coordinates: 38°34′43″N 121°30′06″W / 38.57865°N 121.50164°W / 38.57865; -121.50164
West endTower Bridge
East end10th Street
Eastward view of the Capitol Mall, with the California State Capitol terminus

Route descriptionEdit

Capitol Mall begins at the eastern end of Tower Bridge, which crosses the Sacramento River to West Sacramento. It runs eastward past the Riverfront Promenade park, and over the Interstate 5 to the 1860s landmark California State Capitol building and parks. There is no direct connection to Interstate 5, so drivers will have to use other routes.

Some of Sacramento's major businesses and law firms are located on the Capitol Mall. Due to Sacramento's street grid system downtown, Capitol Mall would theoretically be called "M Street" if it used the gird system's conventions.

The Capitol Mall was previously part of State Route 275, but was relinquished to the city in January 2006.[1]

300 Capitol Mall office tower.
301 Capitol Mall, The Towers on Capitol Mall site (2006).
The 500 Capitol Mall tower under construction (2008).
California State Capitol, at eastern Capitol Mall.

Capitol Mall Boulevard landmarksEdit

Landmarks on the Capitol Mall, from the west (Tower Bridge and Sacramento River) to the east (California State Capitol), include:

1 Capitol MallEdit

Located at 1 Capitol Mall, Drexel University Sacramento is the California campus of renowned Drexel University, based in Philadelphia. It is located near the iconic Tower Bridge, between the Sacramento River and the Mall's crossing over Interstate 5.

100 Capitol MallEdit

Located at 100 Capitol Mall near the Tower Bridge, the 242 room 'Embassy Suites Sacramento - Riverfront Promenade' is a hotel popular with tourists, due to its proximity to Old Town in the Old Sacramento State Historic Park and the Riverfront Promenade park along the Sacramento River.[2]

300 Capitol MallEdit

Located at the gateway to downtown, the busy intersection of 3rd Street and Capitol Mall, 300 Capitol Mall stands 18 stories high with 383,238 square feet of rentable area. The tower was designed by Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall (DMJM) and completed in 1984.

301 Capitol MallEdit

301 Capitol Mall is the site of the former home of the Sacramento Union newspaper. Construction began here in 2006 for The Towers on Capitol Mall I & II, two planned 53-story and massive 615 feet (187 m) mixed-use towers. The project had been on hold since January 2007 due to liens being filed against developer.

400 Capitol Mall — Wells Fargo CenterEdit

Located at 400 Capitol Mall, the 'Wells Fargo Center' is currently the tallest building in Sacramento. It is 429 feet (131 m) high, and has 33 stories, with 29 above the ground floor lobby and 3 below. The skyscraper won the BOMA Building of the Year award in 1994. A museum is located in the lobby, dedicated to the history of Wells Fargo Bank in the Sacramento area. Located within the Wells Fargo Center: Il Fornaio, a popular restaurant; and Price Waterhouse Coopers, a major tenant.

500 Capitol Mall -- Bank of the West TowerEdit

500 Capitol Mall, also known as the 'Bank of the West Tower', is a 25-story 433,508-square-foot (40,274.2 m2) high-rise on Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento with a 10-level, 800 stall parking garage. The building consists of a 5-story atrium/lobby, ground floor retail, office space, and a 2-level penthouse restaurant or meeting facility. The structure has a steel frame and features a granite curtain wall with stone-on-precast and stone-on-truss panels on the exterior. The building, opened for business and welcomed its first tenant on May 26, 2009.[3][4]

California State CapitolEdit

At the eastern terminus of the Capitol Mall, the landmark California State Capitol stands. It and the surrounding grounds contain the California State Capitol Museum. The Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical style building with dome was under construction from 1860 to 1874. The capitol and grounds are a California Historical Landmark, a National Historic Landmark District, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Sacramento County, California.

Public transportationEdit

8th & Capitol Stop for all northbound Sacramento RT light rail lines.
Westbound along the verdant Capitol Mall parkway.

Sacramento Regional Transit District—RT serves public transport to/from and along the Capitol Mall. RT serves the city of Sacramento, and much of the northern portion of Sacramento County.

Light rail

RT has two light rail stops located on the Capitol Mall. The 7th & Capitol Stop is only for southbound trains, while the 8th & Capitol Stop is only for northbound trains. The two stops serve all three RT light rail routes: the Gold Line, Blue Line, and Green Line.


There are also bus stops located on the Capitol Mall operated by RT, with service between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. daily. The bus fleet is powered by compressed natural gas.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sacramento Bee: Face-lift on Capitol Mall menu, February 5, 2006, p. B1: "City leaders have said something should be done to spruce up the concourse. But until January, the state Department of Transportation controlled it as a state highway. Control now has passed to the city, and city staff members say Sacramento should do something to make the mall more inviting for pedestrians and visitors."
  2. ^ Embassy Suites Sacramento—Riverfront Promenade website . accessed 4.14.2013
  3. ^ "On The Rise on Capitol Mall". LivingInUrbanSac. November 7, 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  4. ^ "McDonough Holland & Allen PC Moves to 500 Capitol Mall in Sacramento". Daily Business News. May 26, 2009. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2010.

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