Capitol Doors (St. Paul, MN)

KODAK Digital Still CameraIn May, my husband and I visited St. Paul, the capital of Minnesota, where we took a look at the state capitol building, which has recently undergone some renovations in order to create more meeting room space and facilitate handicapped accessibility.

The building was completed in 1905 and was modeled after Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. The architectural style is Italian Renaissance and Beaux-Arts.



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Looking across the rotunda from the 2nd level is the entrance to the Senate chamber.

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There are a variety of different types of marbles used in the pillars and stairways.  In the rotunda, on the floor is the eight pointed star which is the state symbol of Minnesota. Look up and see the dome rimmed with small windows. The dome is smaller than the one at St. Peter’s, but preserves some of the features of its design. (Source: Wikipedia)


The Minnesota State Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Guided tours are available daily. The building is open weekdays from 8:30 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Thursday Doors 6/15/17

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3 thoughts on “Capitol Doors (St. Paul, MN)

    1. I think such things were more important then. Nowadays governmental architecture tends to be simpler, more functional. The avant-garde is popular with artist-architects, such as for fancy houses or art museums. The government nowadays gets bad publicity if they spend a lot of money on such things. I think this is why people are so attracted to historic buildings as tourist attractions. There’s art and beauty in these places. It’s important for both historical and aesthetic reasons to preserve them.

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