Bismarck, North Dakota


We drove to Bismarck the capital of North Dakota.  As we approached, the Capitol is the tallest building you can see.  The first building was destroyed by fire in 1930.  When they constructed a new Capitol they wanted it to be efficient in space and operation, thus a skyscraper.  Construction was completed in 1934.  It is 19 stories tall.  We loved the Art Deco style.  The clean lines and open spaces accent the wood, stone and bronze.

The wide open spaces make you very aware this is an important building.  The chandeliers in Memorial Hall represent a head of wheat.  Each one weighs 1000 pounds.

The Legislative Hall between the House of Representatives and the Senate is a place for the legislatures to meet.  They have no offices at the Capitol building.  They spend most of their time at their desks.

The pillars in the House of Representatives are bronze which is something we have not seen before.  Currently there are 94 representatives.  They meet for 80 days every other year.  The lighting in the room is called “Stars and Moon at Night.”

The Senate has one Senator for each of its 47 state districts.  The light in this room is called “Sunrise or Sunset.”

The Judicial wing was added in 1981 and houses the Supreme Court.   The bronze  elevator doors depict “The Pioneer Experience.”  Some of the wood in the Capitol was cut and installed in a symmetric pattern.

We took the elevator to the 18th floor observation deck.  They say you can see for up to 35 miles on a clear day.  We could look over the grounds and see our truck.  We also enjoyed looking at all of the photographs displayed.

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  1. windy

    Are you the only ones there? Did you turn the lights off when you left?LOL!!!Beautiful building and great parking.I love the pic of all of you Beautiful!!

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