12 May Visit the Minnesota State Capitol
Visit the Minnesota State Capitol
Let me tell you about it.
The Minnesota State Capitol capitol is temporarily closed but hopefully will be opening very soon for visitors. Located at 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in St. Paul, MN.
It all started with a log hotel that served as the site for the Minnesota Territory’s firs legislature meeting in 1849. Five years later the first capital was finished only to burn down while in a session of legislature in 1881. The second capital was completed in 1883 but was deemed to be too small almost immediately.
The current capitol building.
In 1893 bills proposing a statehouse were passed and a commission was set up to undertake the project. The winning entry for the design went to Cass Gilbert. He was a local architect and just 35 years old!
The capitol was an ambitious undertaking for a state that was only 37 years old. After nine years of construction the building was opened to the public on January 2nd, 1905. It costs $4.5 million at that time.
They should be starting again soon. Visit their website for UpToDate information and scheduling.
Some things to see are…
· The second-largest self-supported marble dome in the world.
· The beautiful marble exterior that was recently cleaned.
· Decorative art, murals and paintings restored to original 1905 patterns and colors.
· The chambers where government decisions are made.
· Weather permitting walking up to the Quadriga (golden horses) on the roof.
Trust me this is a visit you do not want to miss. Minnesota is blessed to have such an outstanding capitol!
Next week we will talk about another aspect of what is great in Minnesota.
Honestly if you cannot find something fun to do in the State of Minnesota all year long…then you are not looking!
We have so many fun things to do in Minnesota…even in a pandemic! If you need some ideas for fun things to do just give me a call or email me.
The Anderson Team