Michigan State Capitol

Completed: 1879
Architect: Elijah Myers

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Michigan's third state capitol was dedicated on January 1, 1879. More than forty years after Michigan entered the Union, the state finally had a seat of government to be proud of. One of the first to take as its inspiration the just-remodeled national Capitol in Washington, D.C., Michigan's new statehouse became, in turn, the model for other state capitols. The building's style, incorporating motifs from classical Greek and Roman architecture, is often termed Renaissance Revival or Neoclassical. Columns in the classical orders - Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian - are found both outside and inside the building and a four-storied central entrance pavilion is flanked by the balanced wings of the House and Senate. Above the building floats a distinctive, graceful cast iron dome. Although the exterior changed little over the years, crowding, remodeling, and neglect severely altered the interior. An award-winning restoration, begun in 1989, was successfully completed in 1992.


ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Based on Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning "great water" and refers to the Great Lakes.


STATE MOTTO: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you).

1908 PREAMBLE: We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom establish this Constitution.

ADDRESS:  111 South Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan