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Connecticut State Capitol

Bushnell Park
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, 06106

Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford
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The Connecticut State Capitol houses the State Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, and several legislative leaders.

The building is a mixture of Gothic and French Renaissance architecture.

The tower is 267 feet high (81.4 m) and is topped by a dome covered with gold leaf.

The 12 statues around the dome represent concepts important to the state such as Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Music and Science.

The south side of the building has an annex attached.

Connecticut State Capitol Categories

  • Capitol Buildings

    The current building is the third capitol building for the State of Connecticut. Construction of the building began in 1871. The building was completed in 1878, and it opened for the session of the General Assembly in January 1879.
  • Government

    The Connecticut General Assembly met alternately in Hartford and New Haven. After the Civil War, Hartford was selected as the official State Capital and the assembly authorized the construction of a Capitol Building.
  • Man-Made

    Two competitors bid to be awarded the project. One won, but the other was named the building contractor, who continually revised the winner's plan to more and more closely resemble his own plan.
  • National Historic Landmarks

    The Connecticut State Capitol was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

Other Connecticut State Capitol Resources

Map of the Area Around
Connecticut State Capitol

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