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South Dakota State Capitol, Pierre

Categories: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 130 reviews on the web
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 capital of Pierre at 500 East Capitol Avenue. The building houses the offices of most state officials, including the Governor of South Dakota.ConstructionThe building was constructed between 1905 and 1910. The plans for the building were designed by the Minneapolis architectural office of C.E. Bell and M.S. Detwiler, who gave the building similar features to the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Montana. The planning and construction cost was almost $1,000,000.FeaturesThe 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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  • Planned a drop in visit but chose the tour. The materials used throughout the building is amazing. The details craftmanship is definitely a lost art Also found the session schedule is very different t...  read more »
  • We are on our continuing travels to see every state capitol and this one is a worthwhile visit. Beautiful grounds and building. We were there on a Sunday so parking and exploring was easy. We looked a...  read more »
  • Located on a picturesque lake with several memorials - one for our Service men & women as well as honoring the Police, fire and EMT folks who have died working for the safety of those who live in SD!! 
  • We detoured off of I-90 to visit this State Capitol, almost on a whim, and we are very happy that we did. This is the most beautiful State Capitol building that we've every visited. The people working here were also wonderful. If you have the time, don't miss this jewel.
  • Its been an amazing week spent here in Pierre SD, the town and the Capital they are so beautiful... love it here...very educational town statues almost every corner, lots of history, The Missouri River and the Louis and Clark trail, which we walked every night , even got caught in a down loved it....
  • The building is restored wonderfully. I like walking around and looking at all the details. The adjoining park area is also worth a stop!
  • The SD State Capitol is a beautifully restored state capitol building. Downstairs there is a small gift store with many local items. The building is simply open to the public most days and you can use self-guided tours or tours provided by capitol staff.
  • We like this place because it's a nice office
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