From gleaming marble and vibrant art and to new public spaces, the Minnesota State Capitol’s comprehensive, 4-year renovation — the largest preservation effort since it first opened in 1905 — was completed in early 2017.
When it was discovered that parts of the exterior marble were deteriorating and posed safety concerns, the Capitol underwent a $310 million comprehensive repair and restoration project from 2013-2017. This restoration was based on three key principles:
- building functionality
- life safety
- architectural integrity
The Capitol now offers more public space, and the building’s historic furniture, artwork and interior decorations have been restored to their 1905 appearance.