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New Jersey State House, Trenton

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The New Jersey State House is located in Trenton and is the capitol building for the U.S. state of New Jersey. Built in 1790, it is the third-oldest state house in continuous legislative use in the United States; only the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis and the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond are older. The building houses both chambers of the Legislature (the Senate and the General Assembly), as well as offices for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and several state government departments.HistoryAfter the Legislature relocated to Trenton from Perth Amboy in 1790, it purchased land for ₤250 and 5 shillings. Construction on the new state house, designed by Philadelphia-based architect Jonathan Doane, began in 1792. The Doane building was covered in stucco, measured 150x and housed the senate and house chambers in opposite wings. To meet the demands of the growing state, the structure was expanded several times during the 19th century, by noted architects such as John Notman of Philadelphia who created office wing on north side in 1845 and Samuel Sloan, also of Philadelphia who designed new wings to house both legislative chambers in 1871. On March 21, 1885, a large fire destroyed the State Street wing. Lewis Broome, of Jersey City led the reconstruction of the building. He used a rare pigmented brick from the Lippincott Brick Co. of Farmingdale. The brick used was a one-of-a-kind color for the region.
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  • Very different from more modern capitol buildings that are typically following the pattern of the U.S. Capitol building. Portions seem very old and much in need of upgrading, like the governor's offic...  more »
  • Beautiful restoration of the state house inside - outside currently needs alot of work over the next five years. Free tours given by volunteers at the top of every hour. Free parking in a guarded gara...  more »
  • The NJ State House is a delight. It has a beautiful rotunda and the entire building has been polished to a fine shine. We took the capitol tour and the guide was excellent. She gave the tour a persona...  more »

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