By Star Tribune staff • Jan. 1, 2017
When the state legislators return to work on Jan. 3, they will return to a completely renovated State Capitol. Visitors will notice more public space, better lighting, a new elevator and an emergency staircase. The basement has been thoroughly overhauled, with more public space and more elegant surroundings. Some of the most major repairs won't be obvious, like reworked electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. In the House and Senate chambers, there is new paint, carpet and refurbished artwork.
Historical restoration of all paintings and murals was completed, plaster was repaired and the Senate Chambers were repainted to historic colors. New carpet was installed and lighting is now entirely LED. Senate offices were moved to a different building and the space was reallocated as public use space.
The House Chambers received an aesthetic makeover with plaster repair, historical restoration of all paints and murals and new carpet. Light fixtures are now all LED. The historic voting boards were updated with electronics and data jacks. Outside the Chambers an elevator and emergency stairwell were added.
The biggest modifications to the Supreme Court Chambers are a new ramp to make it more ADA accessible and a repaired skylight, which was made more visible after the removal of the suspended ceiling. Historic restoration of all artwork was done and new carpet was installed.
30,000: Number of marble pieces marked and cataloged.
800: Number of tons of White Georgia Marble hand-picked for the restoration project so far.
75: Number of repair types being performed on the Capitol's exterior.
26,000: Estimated number of all marble repairs completed.
242: Original number of exterior wood windows in the building's façade, all of the which have been replaced with historic reproductions.
17: Number of window types. Shapes range from rectangular, square and circular to arched-topped.
6: Number of reclaimed skylights over chambers and stair wells.
57: The total number of murals conserved.
620: Approximate number of pieces of custom hardware made for the doors. Original hardware for the doors was cleaned and polished.
800: Number of historical furniture pieces. Most are the property of the Minnesota Historical Society and are being restored.