St. Peter – The Capitol Room
St. Peter’s historic armory building has new life, as The Capitol Room, the region’s newest event space.
“We are located in the historic downtown St. Peter right on 169 with easy visibility and accessibility,” says Dan Dinsmore, owner. “The building was used historically as a gathering space and has a great layout. It was meaningful to us to restore its original purpose in the community.
Dinsmore did a complete and careful renovation featuring exposed brick walls, expansive ceilings, steel beams, original hardwood floors, hanging Edison bulbs, and vintage chandeliers. The Capitol Room just opened, hosting its first event, a wedding, in late September.
“I have been in the wedding industry for many years as a photographer and my wife Emily and I have always wanted to build a beautiful space. Our passion to do so led us to this space, once opportunity presented itself, and after a lot of work it is now a reality,” says Dinsmore.
Dinsmore’s name is well known around the region through his other business, Daniel Dinsmore Photography.
“I have been in the wedding industry for most of my career,” says Dinsmore. “In those years, I have developed a well-trained eye for special lighting and design. I figure it best to utilize what I know, this seemed like a natural next step.”
Dinsmore hopes to have a wide clientele ranging from wedding and corporate events to community and charity events. He also plans to eventually host his own regular events like movie nights.
“We have a lot planned for this space in the coming years,” he says. “We hope to launch our own events in addition to making memorable events for our clients. One of the things we want to do is to incorporate a green space adjacent the building for outdoor events. This is just the beginning.”