A Tour of the Newly-Restored Minnesota State Capitol Building

A tour of our beautiful, newly-restored capitol building, designed by noted architect Cass Gilbert. The tour is led by Ted Lentz, AIA, member of the Capitol Preservation Commission. Limited to 30. Followed by an informal gathering nearby for refreshments.

Coming a month after the potentially divisive 2018 mid-term elections, this guided tour of the restored state capitol will share specific decisions, spaces and important works of art with hopeful insights into Minnesota—a state that works. The restored and enhanced art and architecture of “The People’s House” provide an optimistic view for the future of our state and nation.

The Minnesota State Capitol, an incredible work of art since 1905, has all the original character of its significant spaces and places.  The Legislative and Judicial chambers, hearing rooms, the key administrative offices and substantial public spaces have been augmented with over 40,000 square feet of new public space. These areas will be adapted to tell contemporary Minnesota stories.


Parking is free on Sundays on the street and in state lots, including the Centennial Parking Ramp east of Cedar St. on Rev. Dr. MLK Jr Blvd.

We will meet at 1 PM at the base of the main (south) staircase. If the weather is inclement, we will meet in the carriageway below the staircase.

Participants are welcome to join an informal gathering nearby for refreshments.

About Ted Lentz

ted-lentz-200x300In November 2011, while serving as the President of the Cass Gilbert Society, Ted was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Capitol Preservation Commission. The twenty-two-member Capitol Preservation Commission, includes 18 elected or appointed Minnesota officials, including the Governor, Lt. Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, Chief Justice of the MN Supreme Court, CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society, Senators and Representatives plus four public members. As a public member, Ted continues to serve as a member of the Capitol Preservation Commission with a focus on public access and engagement in the restored Capitol.

Ted seeks to keep architect Cass Gilbert’s intent for our Capitol alive and relevant to twenty-first century Minnesota. He provides frequent presentations and Minnesota Capitol tours reflecting his thousands of hours on the Capitol Preservation Commission, pursuing original research at the at the New York Historical Society’s Cass Gilbert archives, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Cass Gilbert Society. His work with the “Art at the MN Capitol” subcommittee of the Capitol Preservation Commission focused on improving public access and understanding of the art at the Minnesota Capitol.

Ted designed and wrote the twenty-panel exhibit The Minnesota CapitolDesign, Construction, Preservation and Restoration for the Capitol’s August 2017 grand opening that remains in two rooms in the Capitol’s Third Floor Public Galleries area. Ted earned his M Arch degree in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from Oberlin College. He taught at the University of Minnesota (1970-72) as an instructor in the Design Department on the St. Paul Campus. In the mid 1970’s his activities in developing the Historic Hill District in St. Paul included work as author or coauthor of three books on the St. Paul’s Historic Hill District and serving three years as project director for Old Town Restoration. In 2008 after forty years as an architect, primarily in the healthcare field, Ted retired to expand his volunteer service as a community architect. In 2017 Ted received the Louis Lundgren Award for Community Service from the Minnesota Society of Architects.

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Proceeds of the tour go to the Cass Gilbert Society.

When and Where?


1:00PM - 3:00PM Sun 2 Dec 2018, Central timezone


Minnesota State Capitol Building
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55155

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