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.

Michigan’s Three Capitols
Michigan has had three capitol buildings, and two capital cities.

Capitol Building
Learn more about some of the most significant rooms in the Michigan State Capitol.

Capitol Square
Capitol Square is home to beautiful Victorian-inspired flower beds.

Michigan Legislative Biography Database
Over 5,500 people have served in the Michigan Legislature since the state was founded in 1835. Learn more about individual members or groups of legislators by using the Library of Michigan’s Legislative Biography Database.
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