Minnesota State Capitol Professional Review and Guide
"The Minnesota State Capitol, including its adjoining mall, is an architectural masterpiece overlooking scenic downtown St. Paul. The building is situated between downtown and the working-class Frogtown neighborhood, but it is visible for miles because of its immense size. It is one of the state’s most beloved architectural landmarks, and for good reason. The current building is the third capitol building in the state’s history; its predecessors were destroyed by fire or deemed too small. It is the result of a statewide design competition that was awarded to 35-year-old St. Paul architect Cass Gilbert in 1895. The masterful, well-proportioned design—glimmering white marble in neoclassical style—belied the architect’s youthful age. However, it went over budget and was not completed until 1905. Legislators complained that the capitol was an extravagant misuse of public funds, but the furor dissipated after it was finished. From the mall you’re afforded incredible views of the building’s scope, down to its details, including Daniel French and Edward Potter’s Quadriga (1906)—the elegant horse sculptures at the base of the capitol’s dome. Plus, don’t forget the view of the capitol from the Minnesota History Center, where you can also catch an excellent exhibit on Cass Gilbert."