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Several years ago Montana's beautiful state capitol building underwent extensive renovations, revitalizing the historic grandeur that was lost during construction in the 1960s. Situated on 14 acres, the building was designed by architects Charles Bell and John Kent in the late 1800s. It's decorated in the French Renaissance style with frescoes, a grand stained-glass dome, and murals. The dome, faced with copper, rises 165 feet. Inside are murals by noted Montana artists Charles Russell, Edgar Paxson, and Ralph DeCamp, including Russell's famed Lewis and Clark Meeting Indians at Ross' Hole. The grounds and flower gardens of the state capitol building in Helena are a designated state park, visited by thousands of people each year.