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The Long Winding Road to Restoration


Before this latest initiative, there were more than 30 years of pre-designs and studies on restoring the Capitol.

Finally, in 2012, the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission unanimously adopted a Comprehensive Master Plan (PDF, 70 pages) to completely restore the Capitol starting in 2013.


Timeline of Restoration Initiatives

30-year timeline plain


1984: Study of public spaces in the building

1988: Comprehensive plan and implementation

2001: Interior restoration pre-design

2007: Pre-design update and conceptual design

2008: Dome exterior preservation work

2011: Exterior deterioration preservation work

2011: Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission formed

2013-2017: Current initiative


Four-Phase Plan for the 2013-2017 Construction

A sequence of four construction phases helps to minimize disruptions to the legislative process. Sequencing also allows the Capitol to remain partially open to the public and the State to continue to conduct its business during regular legislative sessions. Below are the phases and start dates.

Phase 1: September 2013 - Begin abatement, demolition and preparation of basement.
Phase 2: February 2014- Begin to procure and construct mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure.
Phase 3: June 2014- Close and repair the West Wing's ground and first floors. Close and repair the entire East Wing.
Phase 4: June 2015 - Close and repair the West Wing's second and third floors. Close and repair the entire North Wing.

To learn more about the planning process, communications, design, and construction see the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission section.

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