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Minnesota State Capitol

The Minnesota State Capitol is Minnesota’s most famous landmark. Originally constructed in 1905, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A comprehensive restoration of both the interior and exterior was completed to address the needs of restoration, life safety, accessibility, asset preservation and long term functionality.

Interior Work: Key design features of the project include reclaiming public spaces, raised ceiling heights, restoration of the vast decorative painting and fine art murals, new skylights/lay lights, and new historically appropriate elevators. The work also includes a complete overhaul of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Exterior Work: The exterior work includes comprehensive exterior stone restoration, historic wood window replacement, and new copper roofing systems. The ornate stone work required several carving sources throughout the world and master carvers on site for several years. Unique aspects of the work involve finely detailed copper roof detailing, and restoration of the large gold leaf gilded elements such as the dome lantern finial and the famous “Prosperity Charioteer” that sits above the main entry.

Site/Grounds: All Capitol plazas and three grand stair entries were removed, waterproofed and reinstalled. Work also includes a new main plaza public gathering space, bus drop off areas and security measures. In preparation for a new light-rail stop, JE Dunn constructed a pedestrian tunnel under University Avenue that connects the Capitol to other State buildings.

Watch: Follow host Mary Lahammer explore the top-to-bottom three-year $300 million restoration in this video tour.