This week I made it back to the State Capitol to begin my in-depth exploration of the building. My plan is to cover each floor one day at a time, starting at the bottom and working my way up.
The ground level is the fastest floor to work because it is the least ornate and is pretty much limited to hallways. This is the floor the Senate holds some meetings and most of those rooms are off limits to the general public. Let's take a look around:
The main attraction on this level has to be the portraits of Minnesota's governors. The first floor also features such portraits. It appears however that paintings of the state's most recent governors are on the ground level. More visibility is given to the state's oldest governors just by the fact that they are on the first floor and that is where people enter the building. I don't have any statistics to back this up, but my guess is that a small percentage of the public makes its way down to the ground level. Will the 20th and 21st century governors ever make it up to a higher floor? Maybe I can inquire next time I am there and find an answer. These particular portraits depict officials who were in office from 1951 through 2003.
In case you were reading the captions, our current Governor is Mark Dayton. I didn't see his portrait down there but it could be by his office. It may show up on my next trip which will include the Governor's Reception Room located on the first floor.
I hope you will come back as I continue to work my way up in this building. It is going to get much more fascinating, I promise.
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