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 is underway to address the needs of restoration, life safety, accessibility, asset preservation and long term functionality.
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.
The exterior work includes comprehensive exterior stone restoration, window replacement, and new roofing systems. The ornate stone work required several master carvers on site for several years. Unique aspects of the work involve finely detailed copper roof detailing, and restoration of the gold leaf gilded elements such as the dome lantern finial and the famously large “Prosperity Charioteer” that sits above the main entry. The Capitol plazas and grand stairs are all being waterproofed and replaced. Work also includes a new main plaza 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.