CAPITOL HISTORY

Michigan’s present Capitol—the state’s third—has a long and interesting history dating back to the 1800s. In 1992 it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Secretary of the Interior, meaning that the Michigan State Capitol is recognized as a nationally significant historic site that possesses exceptional value to the people of our country. Explore the history of Michigan’s Capitol—from art and architecture to technology and politics—here.

Art
    Allegories
    Portraits
    DIA
    WPA Murals

Battle Flags
    Collection History
    Save The Flags
    Exhibits
    Flag Sites
    Events
    Video
    View the Civil War Flags
    View the World War I Flags
    Flag Contact

Building and Interior
    Three Capitols
    Construction
    Capitol Building
    Supreme Court Chamber
    Rotunda
    House Appropriations

Facts
    Capitol Facts
    State Facts
    Legislative Publications

Grounds and Exterior
    Architecture
    Sculpture
    Monuments
    Perennial Flower Beds
    Annual Flower Beds

People
    Governors
    Legislators
    State Employees
    Builders
    Artists

The east, or main, first floor corridor in the Michigan State Capitol c. 1910.
The east, or main, first floor corridor in the Michigan State Capitol c. 1910. Note the intricate cage elevator between the left columns.
Image Courtesy of the Michigan State Capitol Archive, Lawler Collection