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Arts & Life

The "golden era" of state capitol building

Artist rendering of Michigan State Capitol
Michigan Capitol Collection
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A big reason Elijah E. Myers' design for the Michigan State Capitol won was because it was going to be the cheapest to build.

Michigan Radio's Lester Graham put together this slideshow about the construction of Michigan's State Capitol in Lansing. After the Civil War, many state capitols were built. Graham reports domes were a common feature to show allegiance to the Union (the dome on the U.S. Capitol was constructed during the civil war).