North Dakota State Capitol New Year's Window Display in Bismarck
Each New Year, the windows of the North Dakota State Capitol display the digits of the upcoming year.
During the 4th of July, the windows spell "4TH" and at Christmas, the windows are used to form a Christmas Tree.
The tradition of using the windows to form a Christmas Tree started in the 1940s, less than a decade after the building’s completion. The similar New Year’s tradition began in the 1970s, and the 4th of July even more recently.
The 19-story art deco North Dakota State Capitol was completed in 1934, replacing the original 1884-built capitol that was destroyed by fire on December 28, 1930. An additional wing housing the Judicial Branch was added in 1981.
Due to its distinction as the tallest building in North Dakota, the Capitol carries the nickname “Skyscraper on the prairie”.
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