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North Dakota State Capitol (Bismarck, North Dakota)

The main State Capitol building is a 242 ft tall, 19-story, Art Deco skyscraper. It is the tallest building in North Dakota and is known as the Skyscraper on the Prairie. This tower houses the office of the Governor of North Dakota and the offices of multiple state agencies and departments. At the tower's base, in the west wing, the two chambers of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly meet when in session while the North Dakota Supreme Court meets in the east wing. The 18th floor of the Capitol is not used for offices as the other floors are, but rather as an observation deck; it is the highest vantage point in the state.

 

Construction on it started after the state's previous capitol burned down in December of 1930. It was designed by a group of architectural firms including those of Holabird & Bird of Chicago, Joseph Bell DeRemer of Grand Forks and W.F. Kurke of Fargo.

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Taken on March 26, 2007