Michigan and the Great Lakes

Michigan's Capitol

Construction and Restoration
William Seale
A history of the building and restoration of one of the nation's most prominent capitols.


Michigan's Capitol: Construction and Restoration is the history of a great American landmark, one among fifty statehouses. Construction of Michigan's State Capitol began in 1871, six years after the close of the Civil War, and was brought to completion less than a decade later. It has survived for more than a century to become the object of one of America's most authentic restorations. This volume allows the reader to chronicle the building and restoration of Michigan's Capitol through words and magnificent color and black-and-white photographs. An archive of treasured historical images, beginning with a group scene at the time the cornerstone was placed, is also included alongside original architectural drawings and sketches.

Michigan's Capitol: Construction and Restoration is not only the history of a great vision realized, but a celebration of the rediscovery and revival of that vision in the 1980s and 1990s culminating in one of the most comprehensive restorations ever carried out on an American building. The author, William Seale, a part of the restoration team for Michigan's Capitol from the start, has written extensively about many American buildings, including the White House.

Written in a lively, narrative style accessable to readers of all ages, Michigan's Capitol: Construction and Restoration is an especially useful introduction to the art of building as well as the politics of public building.

William Seale is an independent historian and restorationist who maintains homes in both Virginia and Texas. He is the author of The White House: History of an American Idea and Temples of Democracy: The State Capitols of the USA, among other works.

Praise / Awards

  • "Seale's book is a celebration of architect Elijah E. Myers's building, completed in 1871, and of its restoration that will delight the reader looking for a well-researched and engagingly told story."
    —Dennis McFadden, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Product Details

  • 10 x 12.
  • 104pp.
  • color photographs.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 1995
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-06573-8

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  • $32.50 U.S.