RESTORATION

Michigan's present Capitol, the state's third, opened to great acclaim on January 1, 1879. At the time it housed all offices of state government. Over the years the building was dramatically remodeled and altered to meet the changing needs of the state. In 1987, after years of neglect and decline, a project was launched to restore the Capitol to its original beauty. Following the completion of the award-winning restoration in 1992, the Capitol was named a National Historic Landmark.

Today the Michigan State Capitol Commission continues to restore and renew our statehouse. Check back often to learn more about the ongoing restoration and preservation projects happening in the Capitol building, and on Capitol Square!

Heritage Hall Project Videos

Keep up with the latest work on Capitol Square and in the Capitol building throughout the construction of Heritage Hall.
   July 2020
   January 2020


Heritage Hall Project Live Stream
Watch as Heritage Hall, an underground visitors center and events space, is constructed on the northwest portion of Capitol Square.

Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project Videos

Chart the progress of the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project 2017-2019.

Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project Report

Read about the Michigan State Capitol Commission's work throughout the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade Project 2017-2019.

Capitol Infrastructure Project Video
The Michigan State Capitol Commission turned its attention to the Capitol's extensive mechanical problems in early 2017. Learn more about the challenges they faced in this behind the scenes video.

Renewing Michigan's Capitol 2014-2016
This report examines the four major renewal projects undertaken by the Michigan State Capitol Commission from 2014 to 2016. Projects chronicled in it include the restoration of the Capitol's exterior stonework and dome, the reattachment of the interior corridor plaster ceilings, the renewal of the ground floor, and the restoration of Capitol Square.
A view of the Michigan Capitol dome with scaffolding.
The Michigan State Capitol dome, fully scaffolded, c. 2015.
Photo Courtesy of David Marvin