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State Capitol, Pierre

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Must see · Government Building · Architectural Building
The South Dakota State Capitol is the state capitol building of the U.S. state of South Dakota. Housing the South Dakota State Legislature, it is located in the state capitol of Pierre at 500 East Capitol Avenue. The building houses the offices of most state officials, including the Governor of South Dakota.
The building was constructed between 1905 and 1910. The designs for the building were executed by the Minneapolis architectural firm of Bell & Detweiler, who gave the building similar features to the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Montana. The planning and construction cost was almost $1,000,000.
In 1921 a large addition was built onto the building's rear elevation, to a design by architect Bell's later firm, Bell & Kinports.
The floor in the capitol building is made of terrazzo tile. Common lore says the floor was laid by 66 Italian artists. To give these artists a chance to place a mark in the building (without allowing them to actually sign their names to the floor), each is said to have been given a blue stone to place in the floor. Only 55 of these tiles have been found, however. It is thought that the remaining stones may have been placed in locations now covered by walls, doors, or carpeting.
From the first floor, a marble staircase leads upstairs. In front of the staircase, display cases house the First Lady Gown Collection. Miniature replicas have been made of the gown worn by each first lady to the state inaugural ball. These replicas are worn by dolls in the display case. Along with the doll, a picture of each governor's family and other mementos are also displayed.
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  • This year there were fewer trees then I remember but still a beautiful display. Very unique ideas! Worth the drive!  more »
  • Went on a Sunday to see the capitol after reading reviews about it. The price of admission is Free, but it was worth the time spent there. The gentleman who checked us in was very informative and...  more »
  • Great place. Pierre is such a quiet and simple city. When we visited here the Capitol dome was under repair work. But the experience of being there was superb enough to make us happy. We walked in the nearby areas and took some pictures. The nearby areas are also quiet and not too much traffic and activity there. We liked the atmosphere and our visit to this great location. There’s a church nearby and right in front of the capitol there is a Soldiers and Sailors World War Memorial Building.
  • Nice building to visit. We didn't get to spend a lot of time as we were on our way to Rapid City. We did get the boys capitol books stamped but almost had to run to another location (luckily found someone willing to go behind the desk and get the stamp.

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