Capitol Grand Re-Opening Plans Set

August 11, 2017 08:58 AM

It's a celebration 112 years in the making.

The Minnesota State Capitol was built in 1905 and celebrated a grand opening in June of that year. In August 2017, there will be a grand "re-opening."


"It's about so much more than the building," said Commissioner Matt Massman of the Minnesota Department of Administration. "It really is about the people of Minnesota. It's the people's house, and people's lives are tremendously impacted by the decisions that are made in this building and because of the building."

There will be a variety of events August 11-13 celebrating the $310 million restoration of the State Capitol, including yoga on the lawn, a Minnesota beer tasting and top-to-bottom tours of the Capitol.

You can also meet the author of a new book called "Our Minnesota State Capitol" that will be available during the weekend.

"The Capitol is one of a kind," said Denis Gardner, author of the book published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. "In fact, it's in the National Register of Historic Places because it is one of a kind. As far as architecture goes, the only buildings that come close are the Cathedral (of St. Paul) and the Basilica (of St. Mary). But as far as art and architecture, one place, one building, this is it. This is the best."

Learn more about the weekend's events here. 


Tom Hauser

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