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New Jersey State House, Trenton

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3.8/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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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  • Unusual to have a state house tour on a Saturday but they offer them twice a month which was great. The building itself as compared to other state capitals is about average. The outside is attractive ...  read more »
  • Upon entering, we were required to show photo I.D. and were "airport" checked. We were asked to wear a Visitor's Badge during the tour. Parking is free and ample. The tour was free of charge. Our tour...  read more »
  • Wife and I visited her with our pet corgi last weekend so we could add it to our state Capitol stop. The front of the building is in much need of repair. I was appalled at this. The paint on the upper...  read more »
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