Michigan State Capitol / Michigan's Three Capitols
Registered Michigan Historic Site
Michigan State Capitol
Hailed by Michigan citizens as a proud symbol of their young and growing state, this building was dedicated on January 1, 1879. National publications praised its scandal-free construction which took six years, and its thrifty $1,43 million budget. After 110 years of aging and intense use, it was restored (1989-1992) to its former elegance. It is recognized for itsw unparalleled decorative painting, for establishing the domed capitol as an American icon, and for launching the national career of its architect, Elijah E. Myers of Detroit. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.
Michigan's Three Capitols
This building is the third to serve as the seat of Michigan state government. When Michigan entered the Union in 1837, the territorial courthouse and capitol in Detroit became the first state capitol. Ten years later, the legislature moved the seat of state government to densely wooded, sparsely populated Lansing Township in Ingham County. The hastily built, two-story wood-frame building with a tin cupola served as Michigan's second capitol until late in 1878. Of Michigan's three
Erected 2015 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number HB1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
Location. 42° 44.014′ N, 84° 33.241′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker is at the intersection of Capitol Avenue and Michigan Avenue on Capitol Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lansing MI 48933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Austin Blair (a few steps from this marker); Michigan State Capitol (a few steps from this marker); Michigan (within shouting distance of this marker); First Regiment Michigan Engineers (within shouting distance of this marker); Lansing Labor Holiday (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom Patriotism Humanity (within shouting distance of this marker); First Michigan Sharpshooters (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Michigan /Lansing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 25, 2016, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 4. submitted on May 23, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.