Virtual Visit: The Million Dollar Staircase
Explore the construction, architecture, and history of the Million Dollar Staircase at the New York State Capitol.
Took 14 years to build
Cost $1.5 million dollars
120 feet tall
77 famous faces
Million Dollar Staircase laylight and skylight.
The Million Dollar Staircase is officially known as the Great Western Staircase.
The staircase was designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson.
The staircase is home to some of the oldest light fixtures in the Capitol.
The staircase features 77 famous faces carved by hand into the stone.
Of the 77 Famous Faces carved into the Million Dollar Staircase, who’s carved twice?
In what cemetery can you find inventor Robert Fulton and founding father Alexander Hamilton?
Trinity Church Cemetery in Manhattan, NY.
What is Robert Fulton famous for inventing?
The modern steamboat.
Which of the 77 Famous Faces do not have names carved with them?
Christopher Columbus, Minerva the Roman Goddess of Learning, and William Shakespeare.
When construction of the Million Dollar Staircase ended in 1899, how many counties did New York State have?
When did electric lighting arrive at the New York State Capitol?
In the late 1870s.
Why is the glass laylight and skylight such an important feature of the Million Dollar Staircase?
They maximize natural light and air.
How many famous women are carved into the Million Dollar Staircase?
There are six famous women.