October 21, 2013 – New Jersey State Capitol, Trenton, NJ (a non-RV Post)

This is the first of what might ultimately be several non-RV posts; detailing a visit to a state capitol, most of which we have toured when traveling in our motorhome.

This morning, Debbie mentioned that, while we have visited state capitol buildings hundreds, and in some instances thousands of miles from home, we had not toured New Jersey’s capitol, less than five miles from where we were sitting.

Built in 1792, the New Jersey State House is located in Trenton and is the second-oldest state house in continuous legislative use in the United States; only the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis is older … as original Senate Chamber has been renovated and now is the Governor’s private office (where no photography was permitted).
New Jersey State Capitol Building (Dome -a). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21It is unusual among state capitol buildings in the United States, the majority of which are reminiscent of the United States Capitol Building. The building is shaped like a sideways H, with a golden dome over the cross-bar of the H and with a long wing extending westward towards the Delaware River.

This gilded dome is 145 feet, made of cast iron covered with copper, and weighs 205,640 pounds.

This gilded dome is 145 feet, made of cast iron covered with copper, and weighs 205,640 pounds.

The building, designed by Philadelphia-based architect Jonathan Doane, was covered in stucco, housed the senate and house chambers on either side, and measured 150 by 50 feet. Subsequent additions were made to the building during the 19th century

To the rear of the building, a number of architecturally dissimilar, unusually-shaped additions have been added, which were later subject to attempts at renovation in order to match the style of the original wing. The State House is set not on a park-like campus, as are many state houses, rather it is integrated into an urban setting along historic State Street and is surrounded by other legislative buildings.

Viewed from the front on State Street, the dome is scarcely visible and there is little sense of the scale or design of the building.

Combination cupola and dome

Combination cupola and dome

Its fleur de lis style finial is unique among our state capitol domes

Its fleur de lis style finial is unique among our state capitol domes

You enter the building

New Jersey State Capitol Building (Front Facade - a). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21into a Rotunda
New Jersey State Capitol Building (Rotunda and Hall). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21Which, while rising only 100’, is among the smaller such chambers of the some twenty we’ve visited.

New Jersey State Capitol Building (Decorative Railing). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21 New Jersey State Capitol Building (Architecture Below the Dome). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21 New Jersey State Capitol Building (Dome - Interior). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21Gracing the building are several busts and statues, including that of former New Jersey Governor, president of Princeton University and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson
New Jersey State Capitol Building (Woodrow Wilson Bust). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21and several stained glass windows (one with the state seal).

New Jersey State Capitol Building (Rotunda Stain Glass Window). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21House Chamber

 New Jersey State Capitol Building (House Chamber - g). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21 New Jersey State Capitol Building (House Chamber - e). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21 New Jersey State Capitol Building (House Chamber - d). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21 New Jersey State Capitol Building (House Chamber - b). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21 New Jersey State Capitol Building (House Chamber - c). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21 New Jersey State Capitol Building (House Chamber - a). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21

 

 66-bulb chandeliers installed in 1890 by Thomas Edison’s company


66-bulb chandeliers installed in 1890 by Thomas Edison’s company

Senate Chamber

 New Jersey State Capitol Building (Senate Chamber - b). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21 New Jersey State Capitol Building (Senate Chamber - a). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21

Two of sixteen symbolic murals in the Senate Chamber which depict New Jersey’s hard-won freedom and prosperity

Two of sixteen symbolic murals in the Senate Chamber which depict New Jersey’s hard-won freedom and prosperity

Original State Supreme Court Chamber
New Jersey State Capitol Building (Original Supreme Court Chamber - b). Trenton, NJ - 2013-10-21

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