Black and white photograph of Richard Sackett examining the Minnesota Historical Society vault door in the second capitol building prior to its demolition, 1937.

Minnesota Historical Society vault door in the second capitol building

Richard Sackett examining the Minnesota Historical Society vault door in the second capitol building prior to its demolition, 1937.

Black and white photograph of the second state capitol and powerhouse prior to demolition, 1937. Photographed by the St. Paul Dispatch.

Second state capitol and powerhouse prior to demolition

The second state capitol and powerhouse prior to demolition, 1937. Photographed by the St. Paul Dispatch.

Black and white photograph of the house chamber, second state capitol, ca. 1885.

House chamber, second state capitol

House chamber, second state capitol, ca. 1885.

Black and white photograph of the senate Chamber, second state capitol, St. Paul, ca. 1900. Photographed by Charles P. Gibson.

Senate Chamber, second state capitol,

Senate Chamber, second state capitol, St. Paul, ca. 1900. Photographed by Charles P. Gibson.

Drawing by Leroy S. Buffington, Architect, for the state capitol building, St. Paul, ca. 1881. Photographed by Farr.

Drawing by Leroy S. Buffington, Architect, for the state capitol building

Drawing by Leroy S. Buffington, Architect, for the state capitol building, St. Paul, ca. 1881. Photographed by Farr.

Black and white photograph of the second State Capitol, 1886.

Second State Capitol

Second State Capitol, 1886.

Minnesota's Second State Capitol

Fire destroyed Minnesota's first capitol building on March 1, 1881. The second capitol, completed in 1883, served as the seat of Minnesota state government for just ten years before state officials began planning a grander, more efficient capitol. The second capitol building stood on the site of the first capitol for fifty-five years until its demolition in 1937.

State Capitol Fire, 1881

As Minnesota state legislators met on the evening of March 1, 1881, two days before the end of their twenty-second session, two pages alerted them to a fire in the building. Quick action by lawmakers and nearby residents saved important documents, furnishings, and historical collections. The fire took no lives but destroyed Minnesota's first capitol building.

Scan of examination of work done on the capitol building, 1853.

Examination of work done on the capitol building

Examination of work done on the capitol building, 1853. From, Records, 1851–1854, Minnesota Territorial Archives, Minnesota Board of Commissioners of Public Buildings, State Archives Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

Scan of the receipt of payment to John Daniels dated October 2, 1852 for work rendered on the capitol.

Receipt of payment to John Daniels

Receipt of payment to John Daniels dated October 2, 1852 for work rendered on the capitol. From, Records, 1851–1854, Minnesota Territorial Archives, Minnesota Board of Commissioners of Public Buildings, State Archives Collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.

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