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Virtual Visit: The Million Dollar Staircase

Explore the construction, architecture, and history of the Million Dollar Staircase at the New York State Capitol.
Virtual Visit: The Million Dollar Staircase
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Virtual Visit: The Million Dollar Staircase

Explore the construction, architecture, and history of the Million Dollar Staircase at the New York State Capitol.

Fun Facts
Took 14 years to build

 


 

Cost $1.5 million dollars
120 feet tall

 


 

444 steps
77 famous faces

 


 

Handcarved
Trivia

 

 

Of the 77 Famous Faces carved into the Million Dollar Staircase, who’s carved twice?
John Jay

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?
61 counties.

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.