The Future of a Landmark

Michigan State Capitol

Michigan State Capitol

Lansing, Michigan

We have a long history with the Michigan State Capitol Commission to implement projects that maintain, restore, and enhance the historic Capitol. All of our work at this National Historic Landmark seeks to cultivate the building’s Victorian character and fabric while improving its function as a seat of government.

We served as the implementing architect on the Capitol’s award-winning restoration in the 1990s. Since then, we have continued to address the building’s ongoing preservation and modernization needs. Our latest effort is a major underground expansion focused on welcoming and serving the Capitol’s 100,000+ annual visitors.

The Future of a Landmark
A historic photo of Michigan State Capitol.

A Victorian Gem

The present Michigan State Capitol building was dedicated in 1879. It was designed by Detroit architect Elijah E. Myers, who went on to design the state capitols of Texas and Colorado. The Capitol’s interior is one of the country’s finest examples of Victorian decorative arts.

Saving the Capitol

After more than a century of service, critics called for the “obsolete” Capitol to be demolished and replaced. A public outcry spurred a massive modernization effort, during which we completed a comprehensive restoration of the building’s exterior and the interior of the Governor’s Wing.

Into the Future

The Heritage Hall expansion welcomes visitors to the Capitol. Located entirely underground, the new facility expands the Capitol’s footprint by a quarter without compromising its historic integrity. A 300-seat assembly hall is surrounded by orientation and gathering spaces.

Inclusive Design

Heritage Hall will provide a gracious entry experience that welcomes people of all abilities. Extra-wide ramps and seat walls will help everyone enter and exit comfortably. All spaces inside the hall are designed to be fully accessible, including both levels of the auditorium.

Daylighting an Underground Space

Heritage Hall’s large skylights will provide both natural light and views of the Capitol dome. Using daylight modeling tools and on-site daylight measurements, we fine-tuned their design to minimize glare and heat gain while creating authentic connections to the Capitol.

National Historic Landmarks

Michigan State Capitol is among the dozens of National Historic Landmarks at which we have completed projects. Administered by the National Park Service, the National Historic Landmarks Program recognizes and protects significant sites that represent outstanding aspects of American history and culture.

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