Using Natural Stone in the Minnesota State Capitol Restoration Project
After a century of active use, almost any building will begin expressing the groans of advanced aging, with internal and external structures steadily failing. The Minnesota State Capitol building was no exception. In 2013, the centenarian structure, constructed in 1905 by Cass Gilbert, had reached a severe deterioration point. Its crumbling façade, with chunks of marble threatening to fall and injure visitors, became particularly dangerous. To preserve the architectural integrity of this historic building, the structure underwent a three-plus-year extensive renovation, repair, and restoration and became an award-winning project.