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Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission

Welcome to the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission website!

Browse the tabs below to learn more about the planning process, communications, design, and construction of the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project that goes through 2017.

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Note: The Capitol is partially open for business and tours are available.

About the Commission

The Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission was formed in 2011 by statute to develop a comprehensive, multi-year plan for the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the Minnesota State Capitol. 

Its 22 members include legislative leadership, the Governor, and four public citizens. In 2012, the committee unanimously adopted a Comprehensive Master Plan to completely restore the Capitol.

The Comprehensive Master Plan is a living document that provides a 20-year outlook for the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the Capitol. It addresses the goals and objectives for:

  • Required functions of the Capitol building
  • Space requirements for the three branches of government
  • Long-term maintenance and preservation
  • Information technology needs
  • Energy efficiency
  • Security of the building and people in it
  • Educational programs, including school tours
  • Citizen access

Note: The Commission issues an annual report every January.


Key Project Milestones


May 2011 - State legislation for and formation of the Minnesota State Capitol Preservation Commission

Feb 2012 - Commission approves the Comprehensive Master Plan

May 2012 - First appropriation granted - $37.4 million

May 2013 - Second appropriation granted - $109 million

Jul 2013 - Commission approves Schematic Design and Construction Work Package #1

Jan/Feb 2014 - Commission approves Construction Work Package #2 and #2a

Jan/Feb 2014 - Third appropriation requested - $126.3 million 


Learn more 


▶ View the Plan: Comprehensive Master Plan (PDF)

▶ View the Construction Work Package #2 and 2a Summary (PDF)

▶ View full legislation about the commission: 2011, 1st Special Session Chapter 6, Article 4, Sec. 3 on the Office of the Revisor of Statues webpage.

Communications

Communications includes items such as meeting agendas, minutes, presentations, budgets and correspondence. Materials were generated by the State Capitol Preservation Committee, architects and construction firms.

Most documents have been converted to PDFs. The number of pages is noted for larger files. If you have difficulties with accessibility, please email us.


Preservation Commission Meetings and Communications

Jun 16, 2014 - Capitol Preservation Commission Meeting


Feb 10, 2014 - Capitol Preservation Commission Meeting


Jan 21, 2014 - Capitol Preservation Commission Meeting


Feb 28, 2012 - Capitol Preservation Commission Meeting 


Jan 11, 2012 - Capitol Preservation Commission Meeting 


Dec 8, 2011 - Building Needs Summary presented to Capitol Preservation Commission (by MOCA) (PPT) (PDF, 70 pages) 

Nov 10, 2011 - Follow Up #2 to Capitol Preservation Commission re: 11/1/2011 meeting (letter from David Hart, MOCA) (PDF)

Oct 26, 2011 - Follow Up #1 to Capitol Preservation Commission re: 11/1/2011 meeting (letter from David Hart, MOCA) (PDF)

Oct 15, 2011 - Follow Up to Capitol Preservation Commission re: Inaugural Capitol Preservation Commission Meeting (letter from David Hart, MOCA) (PDF)

Presentations to Legislature

Apr 14, 2013 - Presentation to Senate Committee (PPT)  (PDF, 51 pages)

Jan 15, 2013 - Space Allocation Report to the Minnesota State Legislature (PDF, 18 pages) 

Mar 19, 2012 - Presentation to the Senate Capital Investment Committee (PPT) (PDF, 24 pages)

Nov 1, 2011 - Presentation from the Preservation Subcommittee - Overview (PPT) (PDF, 52 pages)

Other Presentations

Dec 19, 2012 - Minnesota State Capitol Exterior Stone Repair Project, presented to CAAPB/SHPO/MHS/DOA (PPT)  (PDF, 45 pages)



Key Documents

Key Documents include data, plans, research and reports generated by the commission and various architects and contractors involved with the Capitol Restoration project. 

Most documents have been converted to PDFs. If you have difficulties with accessibility, please email us.

Annual Reports and Required Documents

The Capitol Preservation Commission publishes its annual report every January. In the fall, the commissioner of the Department Administration is required to submit an estimate for funding the restoration project for the following fiscal year. 

Annual Reports

Jan 15, 2014 - Report from the Capitol Preservation Commission (2014 Annual Report) (PDF, 30 pages)

Jan 20, 2013 - Report from the Capitol Preservation Commission (2013 Annual Report) (PDF, 19 pages) 

Jan 12, 2012 - Report from the Capitol Preservation Commission (2012 Annual Report) (PDF, 21 pages) 

Funding Estimates

Dec 1, 2013 -  Estimated Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Needs for Minnesota Capitol Preservation (letter from Spencer Cronk) (PDF)

Nov 29, 2012 - Estimated Fiscal Year 2014 Funding Needs for Minnesota Capitol Preservation (letter from Spencer Cronk) (PDF) 

Master Plan

The Minnesota State Capitol Master Plan is a living document that provides a 20-year outlook for the restoration, preservation and maintenance of the Capitol. 

Feb 27, 2012 - Minnesota State Capitol Building Master Plan (PDF, 70 pages)

Design

The design guidelines and imperatives describe the critical design elements most important for the restoration and aligns them with the ultimate outcome of the project.

Jan 2, 2013 - Design Guidelines and Imperatives (MOCA) (PDF, 60 pages)

Historic Structures Report (2014)

The Historic Structures Report is an excellent resource. It is a massive guide, summary, and outline of all existing materials related to the physical structure of the Minnesota State Capitol. Materials from many sources are included such as:

  • Architect Cass Gilbert's original drawings
  • Construction correspondence
  • Drawings from subsequent projects
  • Minnesota Historical Society documents
  • Field observations

How to Use the Document

The Historic Structures Report is divided into three parts, plus an appendix. See the description for each volume to determine where to start your research.

Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4
Description: Historic data, organized in chronological order. Description: Building information by space or room number. Description: Organized by Specification Division number. Description: Appendix and bibliographic information.
Use this volume to learn how the capitol was constructed, how it changed over time, and the building's condition at the time of this study. Use this volume to see a brief description of each space, an assessment of its current condition, and a detailed list of physical changes over time. Use the volume to see summaries of original conditions and changes about materials or components. Each section includes references to previous projects. Use this to see a list of all sources used in this report, plus an appendix of information. There are five sections.

Contact the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project to view these documents.

  • Index of Original Construction Documents
  • Index of Projects
  • Index of Studies
  • Index of Other Materials
  • Index of Sources not in the Appendix


Commission Members

This page includes a roster of current State Capitol Preservation Commission member and a list of past members.


Member Name Affiliation
Governor Mark Dayton Office of the Governor
Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon Office of the Governor
Attorney General Lori Swanson Office of the Attorney General
Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea Minnesota Supreme Court
Majority Leader Tom Bakk Minnesota Senate
Representative Mary Murphy*
Minnesota House of Representatives
Senator Ann Rest Senate Appointee
Senator Warren Limmer Senate Appointee
Representative Diane Loeffler House Appointee
Representative Dean Urdahl House Appointee
Representative Alice Hausman House Capital Investment Committee
Representative Matt Dean House Capital Investment Committee
Senator LeRoy Stumpf Senate Capital Investment Committee
Senator David Senjem Senate Capital Investment Committee
Commissioner Spencer Cronk Department of Administration
Commissioner Ramona Dohman Department of Public Safety
D. Stephen Elliott, Director and CEO Minnesota Historical Society
Nancy Stark, Executive Secretary Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board
Ted Lentz Public Appointee (2-year term)
James Dayton Public Appointee (2-year term)
Dana Badgerow Public Appointee (2-year term)
Peter Hilger Public Appointee (2-year term)

* Designee for Minnesota House of Representatives Speaker Paul Thissen


Past Members

Senator Keith Langseth

Senator Carla Nelson

Representative Larry Howes

Representative Mary Murphy

Representative Kurt Zellers

Larry Gleason

Archives

The Archives includes data, drawings and reports and plans generated by the State of Minnesota and various architects and construction firms.

Most documents have been converted to PDFs. If you have difficulties with accessibility, please email us.

Design

Interior

Jan 2, 2013 -Design Guidelines and Imperatives (MOCA) (PDF, 60 pages)


Stone

May 10, 2013 - Exterior Stone Trials Evaluation and Preliminary Preservation Planning (HGA/WJE) (PDF, 5.3 MB, 93 pages)

Dec 19, 2012 - CAAPB/SHPO Presentation (PPT) (HGA/WJE) (PDF, 2 MB, 45 pages)

Sep 26, 2012 - Exterior Stone Repair White Paper (HGA/WJE) (2.9 MB, 6 pages)


Design Development

Meeting Summaries

Oct 9-10, 2013 - Design Development Meeting #5


Sep 11-12, 2013 - Design Development Meeting #4: Meeting Rooms


Aug 21, 2013 - Design Development Meeting #3: Systems - Summarized Meeting Minutes

Aug 5, 2013 - Design Development Meeting Plan - Outlines dates of future meetings/presentations

Jul 31, 2013 - Design Development Meeting #2: Design Character - Summarized Meeting Minutes

Jul 31, 2013 - Design Development Meeting #2: Design Character, PPT, 81 slides (PDF)