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Draft Capitol Mall Design Framework

Draft Capitol Mall Design Framework

Draft Capitol Mall Design Framework

The Vision

The Capitol Mall Design Framework is a long term vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. It reflects five months of working with community partners, government agencies and Minnesotans from across the state. The framework ensures that each project done on the Capitol Mall over the coming years is leading toward a greater vision.

The Capitol Mall Design Framework is a long term vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. It reflects five months of working with community partners, government agencies and Minnesotans from across the state. The framework ensures that each project done on the Capitol Mall over the coming years is leading toward a greater vision.

The Vision

The Capitol Mall Design Framework is a long term vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. It reflects five months of working with community partners, government agencies and Minnesotans from across the state. The framework ensures that each project done on the Capitol Mall over the coming years is leading toward a greater vision.

The Vision

The Capitol Mall Design Framework is a long term vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. It reflects five months of working with community partners, government agencies and Minnesotans from across the state. The framework ensures that each project done on the Capitol Mall over the coming years is leading toward a greater vision.

Progress

Progress

Progress

Feedback

Feedback

Feedback

For more information, check out the full Draft of the Capitol Mall Design Framework below.

For more information, check out the full Draft of the Capitol Mall Design Framework below.

For more information, check out the full Draft of the Capitol Mall Design Framework below.

Capitol Mall Design Framework (CMDF) Draft Document

Capitol Mall Design Framework (CMDF) Draft Document

Capitol Mall Design Framework (CMDF) Draft Document

CMDF Statewide Community Open House

CMDF Statewide Community Open House

CMDF Statewide Community Open House

If you missed the March 14th Statewide Community Open House you can watch the recording below.

If you missed the March 14th Statewide Community Open House you can watch the recording below.

If you missed the March 14th Statewide Community Open House you can watch the recording below.

Share your feedback here!

Share your feedback here!

Share your feedback here!

Share your feedback here!

View of the reimagined Cass Gilbert Park

View of the reimagined Cass Gilbert Park

View of the reimagined Cass Gilbert Park

Design Process

Design Process

Design Process

The Capitol Mall Design Framework (MN CMDF, CMDF) is a design process which builds upon past planning efforts, including the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area, 2021 Public Engagement Task Force on Commemorative Works, and the Capitol Mall (the Mall) Visitor Experience Survey. With the support of Minnesotans everywhere and the expertise of those who use and maintain the Capitol Mall every day, we will develop a more detailed design framework with actionable proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

The Capitol Mall Design Framework (MN CMDF, CMDF) is a design process which builds upon past planning efforts, including the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area, 2021 Public Engagement Task Force on Commemorative Works, and the Capitol Mall (the Mall) Visitor Experience Survey. With the support of Minnesotans everywhere and the expertise of those who use and maintain the Capitol Mall every day, we will develop a more detailed design framework with actionable proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

The Capitol Mall Design Framework (MN CMDF, CMDF) is a design process which builds upon past planning efforts, including the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area, 2021 Public Engagement Task Force on Commemorative Works, and the Capitol Mall (the Mall) Visitor Experience Survey. With the support of Minnesotans everywhere and the expertise of those who use and maintain the Capitol Mall every day, we will develop a more detailed design framework with actionable proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

Phase 1: Learn+Ideate

Phase 2: Refine+Design

Phase 3: Comment+Approval

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Phase 2: Refine+Design

Phase 3: Comment+Approval

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Project Progress

Survey Two Summary

Project Progress

Survey Two Summary

Project Progress

Survey Two Summary

Pop-ups

From February 5 through 8 of 2024, representatives of community organizations, local business, government agencies and Capitol Area neighbors gathered with the planning team to develop a vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. This event took ideas gathered through research, community surveys and the lived experiences of participants and forged them together into an emerging design framework.

Pop-ups

From February 5 through 8 of 2024, representatives of community organizations, local business, government agencies and Capitol Area neighbors gathered with the planning team to develop a vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. This event took ideas gathered through research, community surveys and the lived experiences of participants and forged them together into an emerging design framework.

Pop-ups

From February 5 through 8 of 2024, representatives of community organizations, local business, government agencies and Capitol Area neighbors gathered with the planning team to develop a vision for the future of the Capitol Mall. This event took ideas gathered through research, community surveys and the lived experiences of participants and forged them together into an emerging design framework.

Progress

Progress

Progress

Community Design Charrette

In January and February of 2024, the CMDF planning team went into the community in a series of pop-ups to learn what Minnesotans want to see for the future of the Capitol Mall and its surrounding public spaces. We had inspiring conversations across the Twin Cities at Hmongtown Marketplace, Frogtown Community Center, Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and Midtown Global Market.

In January and February of 2024, the CMDF planning team went into the community in a series of pop-ups to learn what Minnesotans want to see for the future of the Capitol Mall and its surrounding public spaces. We had inspiring conversations across the Twin Cities at Hmongtown Marketplace, Frogtown Community Center, Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and Midtown Global Market.

In January and February of 2024, the CMDF planning team went into the community in a series of pop-ups to learn what Minnesotans want to see for the future of the Capitol Mall and its surrounding public spaces. We had inspiring conversations across the Twin Cities at Hmongtown Marketplace, Frogtown Community Center, Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and Midtown Global Market.

Survey One

Survey One was an online community survey that ran from January 17 to February 15, 2024. Through Survey One, the planning team heard from over 1,000 Minnesotans what the Capitol Mall means to them and how it can be more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

Survey One

Survey One was an online community survey that ran from January 17 to February 15, 2024. Through Survey One, the planning team heard from over 1,000 Minnesotans what the Capitol Mall means to them and how it can be more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

Survey One

Survey One was an online community survey that ran from January 17 to February 15, 2024. Through Survey One, the planning team heard from over 1,000 Minnesotans what the Capitol Mall means to them and how it can be more welcoming for more Minnesotans.

Survey Two Summary

Survey Two ran from March 8 - April 15 and had nearly 1,000 respondents. The Survey focused on 10 bold moves, proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming, accessible, diverse and sustainable. Responses indicated that Minnesotans had an overwhelmingly positive opinion of the proposals. Suggestions for improvement which will be folded into future work included features to improve safety, parking management strategies to ensure balance between pedestrian and vehicular access, and critical approaches to historic preservation which balance contemporary needs with original design intent.

Survey Two ran from March 8 - April 15 and had nearly 1,000 respondents. The Survey focused on 10 bold moves, proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming, accessible, diverse and sustainable. Responses indicated that Minnesotans had an overwhelmingly positive opinion of the proposals. Suggestions for improvement which will be folded into future work included features to improve safety, parking management strategies to ensure balance between pedestrian and vehicular access, and critical approaches to historic preservation which balance contemporary needs with original design intent.

Survey Two ran from March 8 - April 15 and had nearly 1,000 respondents. The Survey focused on 10 bold moves, proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming, accessible, diverse and sustainable. Responses indicated that Minnesotans had an overwhelmingly positive opinion of the proposals. Suggestions for improvement which will be folded into future work included features to improve safety, parking management strategies to ensure balance between pedestrian and vehicular access, and critical approaches to historic preservation which balance contemporary needs with original design intent.

Survey Two ran from March 8 - April 15 and had nearly 1,000 respondents. The Survey focused on 10 bold moves, proposals to make the Capitol Mall more welcoming, accessible, diverse and sustainable. Responses indicated that Minnesotans had an overwhelmingly positive opinion of the proposals. Suggestions for improvement which will be folded into future work included features to improve safety, parking management strategies to ensure balance between pedestrian and vehicular access, and critical approaches to historic preservation which balance contemporary needs with original design intent.

Engage

Engage

Engage

How you can help

How you can help

How you can help

Join the Events

Join the Events

Spread the Word

Spread the Word

Join the Events

Spread the Word

Comprehensive Planning (2020-2021)

Comprehensive Planning (2020-2021)

Comprehensive Planning (2020-2021)

Vision: At the symbolic heart of the State, the vision for the Capitol Area is to be a unifying factor for all those who come to live, work, learn and play.

Vision: At the symbolic heart of the State, the vision for the Capitol Area is to be a unifying factor for all those who come to live, work, learn and play.

Vision: At the symbolic heart of the State, the vision for the Capitol Area is to be a unifying factor for all those who come to live, work, learn and play.

In June 2021 the CAAPB published the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area. The plan envisions the Capitol Area through 2040 and defines how the district will relate to its surrounding context and support its diverse community. The plan outlines seven Capitol Area Principles for the future:

In June 2021 the CAAPB published the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area. The plan envisions the Capitol Area through 2040 and defines how the district will relate to its surrounding context and support its diverse community. The plan outlines seven Capitol Area Principles for the future:

In June 2021 the CAAPB published the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for the Minnesota State Capitol Area. The plan envisions the Capitol Area through 2040 and defines how the district will relate to its surrounding context and support its diverse community. The plan outlines seven Capitol Area Principles for the future:

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Keystone Project:

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons has been identified as the first project to inaugurate the Capitol Mall Design Framework. This project aligns with priorities expressed by respondents to Survey One to expand tree canopy (#1 priority), install more benches and picnic tables (#2 priority) and add gardens and symbolic plantings (#3 priority). The project creates a new heart for community gathering, artistic expression and free speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons has been identified as the first project to inaugurate the Capitol Mall Design Framework. This project aligns with priorities expressed by respondents to Survey One to expand tree canopy (#1 priority), install more benches and picnic tables (#2 priority) and add gardens and symbolic plantings (#3 priority). The project creates a new heart for community gathering, artistic expression and free speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Community Commons has been identified as the first project to inaugurate the Capitol Mall Design Framework. This project aligns with priorities expressed by respondents to Survey One to expand tree canopy (#1 priority), install more benches and picnic tables (#2 priority) and add gardens and symbolic plantings (#3 priority). The project creates a new heart for community gathering, artistic expression and free speech.

About the Project

About the Project

About the Project

Summary

Summary

Summary

  • Capitol Mall Design Framework

    The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework, will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. This website is your hub to learn about the project and how you can contribute!

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Area includes the districts of the Capitol Campus, Capitol Rice, Capitol Heights, the Freeway Corridor and five blocks of Fitzgerald Park. It is an essential center of employment and future opportunity for growth of commerce, affordable housing and walkable public places for Saint Paul. For more information on the Capitol Area, visit mn.gov/caapb.

  • The Capitol Campus

    The Capitol Campus is within the Capitol Area and includes all buildings related to the Minnesota State Legislature and other government functions and the Capitol Grounds, the outdoor landscapes, paths, city streets and interstate bridges which connect these buildings.

  • The Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall is a part of the Capitol Grounds. It is specifically the landscape which surrounds the Capitol building and extends southward toward Downtown, ending at 12th Street. It has a design legacy extending back to the vision of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Capitol building.

  • Capitol Mall Design Framework

    The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework, will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. This website is your hub to learn about the project and how you can contribute!

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Area includes the districts of the Capitol Campus, Capitol Rice, Capitol Heights, the Freeway Corridor and five blocks of Fitzgerald Park. It is an essential center of employment and future opportunity for growth of commerce, affordable housing and walkable public places for Saint Paul. For more information on the Capitol Area, visit mn.gov/caapb.

  • The Capitol Campus

    The Capitol Campus is within the Capitol Area and includes all buildings related to the Minnesota State Legislature and other government functions and the Capitol Grounds, the outdoor landscapes, paths, city streets and interstate bridges which connect these buildings.

  • The Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall is a part of the Capitol Grounds. It is specifically the landscape which surrounds the Capitol building and extends southward toward Downtown, ending at 12th Street. It has a design legacy extending back to the vision of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Capitol building.

  • Capitol Mall Design Framework

    The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework, will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. This website is your hub to learn about the project and how you can contribute!

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Area includes the districts of the Capitol Campus, Capitol Rice, Capitol Heights, the Freeway Corridor and five blocks of Fitzgerald Park. It is an essential center of employment and future opportunity for growth of commerce, affordable housing and walkable public places for Saint Paul. For more information on the Capitol Area, visit mn.gov/caapb.

  • The Capitol Campus

    The Capitol Campus is within the Capitol Area and includes all buildings related to the Minnesota State Legislature and other government functions and the Capitol Grounds, the outdoor landscapes, paths, city streets and interstate bridges which connect these buildings.

  • The Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall is a part of the Capitol Grounds. It is specifically the landscape which surrounds the Capitol building and extends southward toward Downtown, ending at 12th Street. It has a design legacy extending back to the vision of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Capitol building.

  • Capitol Mall Design Framework

    The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board (CAAPB), with the help of Minnesotans, Saint Paul communities and local agencies, is creating a plan to better Connect, Preserve, Activate and Grow the Minnesota Capitol Mall. This process, called the Capitol Mall Design Framework, will rely on the input of Minnesotans from across the state. This website is your hub to learn about the project and how you can contribute!

  • The Capitol Area

    The Capitol Area includes the districts of the Capitol Campus, Capitol Rice, Capitol Heights, the Freeway Corridor and five blocks of Fitzgerald Park. It is an essential center of employment and future opportunity for growth of commerce, affordable housing and walkable public places for Saint Paul. For more information on the Capitol Area, visit mn.gov/caapb.

  • The Capitol Campus

    The Capitol Campus is within the Capitol Area and includes all buildings related to the Minnesota State Legislature and other government functions and the Capitol Grounds, the outdoor landscapes, paths, city streets and interstate bridges which connect these buildings.

  • The Capitol Mall

    The Capitol Mall is a part of the Capitol Grounds. It is specifically the landscape which surrounds the Capitol building and extends southward toward Downtown, ending at 12th Street. It has a design legacy extending back to the vision of Cass Gilbert, architect of the Capitol building.

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