Kurt's Historic Sites

Hartford, Connecticut capitol

Connecticut

Admission to the UnionSequence in AdmissionSequence in Capitols I Have Visited
January 9, 17885th admitted14th visited

Photographed January 1, 2011.

Built of marble from Connecticut and granite from the neighboring state of Rhode Island, the current capitol in Hartford has been housing meetings of the state legislature since 1879. The structure cost $2,532,524.43 to complete. Its plans were designed by architect Richard M. Upjohn, while James G. Batterson was retained to oversee the construction.

This statue of Founding Father Oliver Wolcott graces the exterior of the capitol. Wolcott represented Connecticut in the Second Continental Congress and he signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He subsequently served as Connecticut’s lieutenant governor and then its governor.

Photographed January 1, 2011.
Photographed January 1, 2011.

Seeing the Connecticut State Capitol and its gold leaf dome was a grand way to start the new year in 2011. My father and I also visited a number of gravesites throughout the Constitution State that day, including the aforementioned Oliver Wolcott and acclaimed actress Katharine Hepburn.


Sources Consulted

Connecticut State Government. “The State Capitol.” Accessed February 6, 2022. https://portal.ct.gov/About/State-Symbols/The-State-Capitol.

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