The Michigan State Capitol redesign that never was

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The Michigan State Capitol building, in all of its Neoclassical glory, is so emblematic of governance in the state that we were shocked to discover a series of fortress-like buildings were once floated as its possible replacement. According to old newspaper articles compiled by Michigan State University journalism student Andrew Roth, the state budgeted for a redesign in the 1960s and a variety of building proposals were put forward by the architectural firm Smith, Hinchman, & Grylls. The images in this gallery are scanned renderings of four of the designs presented by the firm.

Ultimately, plans for a new Capitol were scrapped when former Governor William Milliken called for the restoration of the existing building in the '80s. The upgraded Capitol was named a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

Scans provided by Andrew Roth via the Library of Michigan.