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Minnesota Capitol to be returned to Original Luster

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The gleaming white marble for the Minnesota Capitol exterior will make a return.

Officials are taking pains to pay proper respect to renowned architect Cass Gilbert's original design.

That's why the restoration budget is more than $272 million for a building that originally cost $4.5 million.

The building was brilliant white when it opened in 1905, but the facade now lacks luster and its delicate features have crumbled in spots.

The Lead architect says the glimmer that Gilbert was so intent on delivering will return by the time all is done in early 2017.