Michigan State Capitol
Hailed by Michigan citizens as a proud symbol of their young and growing state, this building was dedicated on January 1, 1879. National publications praised its scandal-free construction, which took six years and its thrifty $1.43 million budget. After 110 years of aging and intense use, it was restored (1989-1992) to its former elegance, It is recognized for its unparalleled decorative paintings, for establishing the domed capital as an American icon, and for launching the national career of its architect Elijah E. Myers of Detroit. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.