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Lansing State Capitol Building
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Haunted Place: Lansing State Capitol Building

ADDRESS:

100 N Capitol Ave # B77
Lansing, Michigan 48933.

LOCATION:

The Lansing State Capitol Building can be found at the intersection of N. Capitol Ave, S. Capitol Avenue (which runs north to south}, and W. Michigan Avenue.  The Lansing State Capitol, its surrounding greenery and parking lot takes up two city blocks, outlined by N. Capitol Ave/S. Capitol Avenue, to the east, W. Allegan Street to the south, S. Walnut Street to the west (enter parking lots here), and W. Ottawa St. to the north.  All these streets are one way, so be sure to consult a map.  MAP

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DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:

When it was decided to build a new Lansing Capitol Building in 1872, a brilliant architect, Elijah E. Myers was hired for the job, because everyone loved his ideas and Neoclassical  design, named "Tuebor" (which means "I will defend"). This beautiful building has the central dome and wing design used for the United States Capitol Building. It was finished in 1878, costing $1.2 million dollars, offering 139 rooms, capped with a truly glorious cast-iron dome. A statue of a popular governor, Austin Blair, who served the people of Michigan during the Civil War, stood and still stands in the front of the entrance, benignly greeting visitors.

The dome is truly beautiful.  The ceiling is decorated with paintings of eight muses, painted in 1886 by Tommaso Juglaris, who created them in his Boston studio, and sent the finished paintings to Lansing, having never gone to the building itself.

Lansing State Capitol Building  has a basement and 3 floors, with the classic wing design found in many state capitol buildings. The public entrance to the government chambers are on the third floor.  The 110 member House of Representatives, has its chambers in the north wing, while the Senate is on the south side of the building. There are public viewing areas (galleries) on either end of the third floor.

Both the House and the Senate chambers  have glass tiled ceilings, which allows natural light to shine through etched glass panels, which gives a nice light for each room. The art on these ceiling tiles feature the coats-of-arms of each state in America.

 The Lansing State Capitol Building was built large enough to accommodate 19th century government, with  room to expand, making this building able to accommodate 20th century government as well; until 1970, when the Supreme Court left its traditional chambers for a new home, at the Michigan Hall of Justice. There was also plenty of room to store a vast collection of  "artifacts of the war," (including battle flags.), and galleries as well, on the second and third floors.

All the floors have Vermont marble and limestone, black and white floor tiling, and lovely wood carvings on the walls made of Michigan white pine that has been wood grained to give the appearance of walnut.

The second floor is home to the gubernatorial offices, and has the Gallery of Portraits of former Michigan Governors which continues on to the third floor as well.

The Lansing State Capitol Building was listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1971.  An extensive historical restoration was undertaken, starting in 1989,  which was finished in 1992.  Returning this building to its original interior designs earned the Lansing State Capitol Building the honor  of being named a National Historic Landmark on October 5th, 1992.

HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:

In the 1880s a young, adolescent page died in a dumb kid accident. He tried to jump between the rails of the grand staircase  floor, missed his mark and fell two floors to his death.

A roofer misstepped and fell during a restoration effort, done sometime in the building's past.

An elevator maintenance crew member was inadvertently electrocuted due to a stupid accident.

During the 1989-1992 restoration effort, A painter in the rotunda fell to his death when his articulating boom lift broke causing him to fall over the edge of the railing of the open walkway around the rotunda.

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MANIFESTATIONS:

Lansing Capitol Building Rotunda

Haunted by ghost of man who was killed while painting it.

His apparition is seen wandering around the walkways of the rotunda, going about his business, in his painting outfit, perhaps wanting to still finish the job, and not quite ready to go to the other side.

Other unknown entities are felt but not seen via cold spots, cold winds in the Lansing Capitol Building.

There are 3 other candidates to choose from: The  entities of the crew member, the roofer and the adolescent page could be still haunting the place of their death, though no one knows for sure!

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STILL HAUNTED?

It appears to be, according to eye witnesses.

No paranormal investigation that I could find has been done and posted. It seems that a lot of state capitol buildings, and the Federal Capitol Building in D.C. are haunted by entities.

Some of the stories we have on our web site: Oregon, North Carolina, Arkansas, Washington DC, and Kansas.

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