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The Capitol Building Tour begins at the ground floor information desk.
Your tour guide will point out the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Gallery.
State's largest Great Seal
The Great Seal is a relief metal casting six feet in diameter that weighs over 400 pounds, the descriptive plaque below the seal weighs 500 pounds.
The date of the unveiling ( February 22, 2006) was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Enabling Act on February 22, 1889 the Enabling Act allowed residents of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington to organize governments and gain admission to the Union as states.
The Capitol Cornerstone is located on the top of the plaza steps, southwest corner or you can see it from the Memorial Hall window. The cornerstone is not the original. The original was laid on October 8, 1932, at a ceremony which 10, 000 people attended. In early 1933, a series of scandals concerning fraudulent travel vouches and the use of out-of-state materials and labor led to the replacement of the three original Capitol Commissioners. Two months later, unskilled laborers went on strike, demanding a pay raise from 30 to 50 cents per hour. The strike led to a riot and for more than a week, martial law and National Guard troops took charge of the Capitol grounds.
During the first half of 1933, vandals destroyed the original cornerstone. The second cornerstone was laid on September 5, 1933, fifty years to the day after the dedication of the original cornerstone.
The next stop is Legislative Hall
House of Representatives
When the 2nd Capitol was being built they had thought about substitution of cheaper labor and materials. The bronze columns were going to be omitted in the Senate and House Chambers and substituted with wood columns, a reasonable savings might ordinarily be expected. But it was found that the contractor wanted twice as much for making the wood columns as the amount of deduction that the contractor would allow for the bronze.
Originally they had planned to have gold leaf decoration on the ceilings of the House, Senate and Memorial Hall, this was also taken out of the original plan saving $3,109.
Largest Great Seal of ND
The Great Seal is in Memorial Hall of the State Capitol Building.
Designs on the Brass Elevator Doors
This wood is a California Walnut, it is very rare. This is known as a wild figure veneer. If you look close & use your imagination a bit you can see a bunny jumping out of a lettuce patch. Many different types of faces can be seen in this wood. You need to see this room to appreciate the many designs in the wood.
Your tour guide will also give some history on when the Judicial Wing was built and the difference on cost of the Judicial Wing in 1981 and the Tower portion of the Capitol Building in 1933 and 1934.
Ralph J. Erickstad Memorial Court Room (Supreme Court)
This is the main entrance to the Judicial Wing, which was completed in 1981.
The eighteenth floor was finished as originally planed as an observation tower. This is open to the public. Due to the danger from looking over the walls and the consequent possibility of an accident, the balcony has been locked since 1965.
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