Marble Mementos of the Capitol Construction
Marble that looks like the Georgia stone used in the building of the Minnesota State Capitol shows up in and near the homes of construction workers and the family of the general contractors, the Butler Brothers. Some was carved into sculptures, like the large bas releif of a ship carved by stonemason Nils Nelson. An egg carved from marble scrap by hoist operator Sebulon Olson has been passed down as a treasured heirloom by his descendants. Marble shows up in the sidewalks of Nils Nelson and several homes that belonged to members of the Butler family - generally an unusual landscaping feature in St. Paul homes.