Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford: Comprehensive restoration of Aesthetic Period decoration designed by Richard M. Upjohn and William McPherson in 1878

Connecticut State Capitol
Connecticut State Capitol

The Connecticut State Capitol project was a total restoration of the Richard Mitchell Upjohn building with  an interior designed and executed by William McPherson. The Connecticut State Capitol is a building that has a pure design, one that is consistent and in harmony. The decoration is of the Aesthetic period, which is two dimensional, rigidly symmetrical flowers and leaves with Mid Eastern and Japanese influence.


Working with the Owner, Historic Architect, and Paint Conservator windows were opened to expose original designs and color schemes. Areas restored included the House of Representatives, Senate Chambers, Hall of Flags, Judiciary room, Atriums, Dome, Statue of Genius, and Public Spaces. Techniques included: cleaning, conservation, inpainting, application of conservation varnish, stenciling, gilding, and glazing, bronzing, trompe l’oeil and wood refinishing.


Location: Hartford, CT

Built: 1878

Original Architect: Richard M. Upjohn

Style: Eastlake Movement Style


U.S. National Register of Historic Places, U.S. National Historic Landmark