The building is faced with sandstone and on its east and west wings, granite. It is topped with a copper dome.
Large, impressive central staircase.
At the top of the stairs, there is a statue of Jeanette Rankin who was the first woman to be elected to the United States House of Representatives and the first female member of the US Congress. She is sometimes referred to as “the Lady of the House”. She also joined the campaign for womens suffrage and was a lifelong pacifist and voted against the entry of the United States into both World War I and World War II.
Also at the top of the stairs is a statue of Wilbur Fisk Sanders, who helped found the Montana Historical Society as he was so keen to document Montana’s history. In 1889 the Montana Legislature selected him to serve as one of its first US Senators.
Above the next staircase, there is a lovely stained glass window.
View of the stairway up to the next level.
It’s a beautiful building and it is fabulous that you have such freedom to enjoy it. Long may it stay that way.
The next and final part of our account of our trip to Montana will follow in due course and it will cover our last day there and the journey home.