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Michigan State Capitol

Identification

Michigan State Capitol
Michigan Territorial Courthouse, Union School
265305

Structure in General

monumental hall
demolished [destroyed]
brick
applied masonry
neo-classicism

Usages

capitol (national subdivision)
school court house

Facts

  • The structure was originally built as the Michigan territorial courthouse before Michigan became a state. It was first known as the Territorial Courthouse.
  • The courthouse became a fully functioning state capitol building in 1837 when Michigan gained statehood.
  • The building served as the seat of state government until March 17th, 1847 when the capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to its permanent home in Lansing.
  • The site of the capitol is now Capitol Park, a public square, which is also the burial site of Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason.
  • After the capital was moved to Lansing, the building served as Detroit's first high school, and as the city's public library until it burned to the ground in 1893.
  • The capitol building was designed in the Greek Revival style, and faced in red brick. It included an Ionic-styled portico, and a tower that rose to a height of 140 feet.

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Location

Capitol Park
48826
Downtown
Detroit
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

140.00 ft
140.00 ft
2
1828
1893
$24,500
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