State Capitol Rotunda in Lansing, Michigan
This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of the State Capitol Rotunda in Lansing, Michigan, United States. The Michigan State Capitol is the building housing the legislative and executive branches of the government of Michigan located in the state capital of Lansing in Ingham County. The present structure is a National Historic Landmark that houses the chambers and offices of the Michigan Legislature as well as the ceremonial offices of the Governor of Michigan and Lieutenant Governor., Ontario. The present capitol building, preceded by a temporary wood frame structure, was dedicated in January 1879, and is designed in a Neoclassical style, more specifically the Italianate style. The Michigan State Capitol is 81.3 metres from the ground to the tip of the finial above the dome. The capitol was rededicated in 1992 after a three-year restoration project. The Capitol Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 25, 1971, and was designated as a National Historic Landmark on October 5, 1992.
Features Of The Rotunda
There are four stories in the building, with public entrances on the ground floor. Two grand staircases in the north and south corridors go up to the top floor. The rotunda measures 13.6 metres in diameter and 49 metres in height measured from the floor to the oculus. The ground floor corridors led to "store rooms" designed by the architect in the original building plans. This includes an armoury in the southwest corner of the south corridor. The original wood floor has been replaced by gravy tiles. The rooms were originally lit with gas fixtures, though by 1900, the entire building had been refitted with electric lights. The floor of the rotunda is composed of 976 blocks of translucent glass. The blocks vary in size so that when viewed from the upper floors, they appear to form a bowl which mirrors the dome above. The doorknobs are mostly made of a brass and bronze alloy (most of the original brass doorknobs have disappeared over time). The present doorknobs and hinges, locked for protection, display the state coat of arms. Though the building appears to have walnut woodwork, the wood is actually Michigan white pine that has been wood-grained to give the appearance of walnut.