Min­neso­ta State Capitol

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The historic Minnesota State Capitol building is a magnificent structure filled with ornate architecture and rich finishes. The original 1905 lighting system is an example of early electric lighting featuring cast brass torchieres in the grand style.

In 1990, Schuler Shook designed a supplementary system to increase light levels and improve the quality of light inside the Capitol's corridors. A halogen uplighting system, state-of-the-art in 1990, revealed the vivid colors of the ceiling, and provided a pleasing lighted environment.

In 2011, Schuler Shook was asked to propose energy-saving strategies to replace the aging system. The state-of-the art solution included an extruded aluminum housing with an LED light source hidden within an added molding that blends into the detail at the top of the stone walls. A mock-up of the new system showed improved illumination, enhanced the pleasing environment, and reduced energy consumption by 60%


St. Paul, MN




  • AIA Nation­al Hon­or Award, 2020
  • AIA MN Hon­or Award, 2020
  • Preser­va­tion Alliance of Min­neso­ta, 2017 Hon­or Award
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