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Bas-Relief Cast Bronze Doors

  • 125 W. State St.
  • Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Artwork Creator: n/a
  • Hours: Hourly Tours, Monday through Friday, 10am - 3 pm & 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 12pm - 3pm. Closed Sundays and State holidays
  • Access: Open to public. Groups of 10 or more must have advanced reservations.
  • Image Source: View Image Source
  • Sponsor/Project: n/a
  • Project Date: 1927-31

“The doors depict various themes relating to the original function of the corresponding wing. The inner west doors, originally to the State Museum, depict Native Americans spear fishing and hollowing a log canoe. The inner east doors, originally the State Library, features early settlements, the landing of East Jersey Proprietor Philip Carteret, and a bridge and book with an inscription by Benjamin Franklin reading, ‘Genius With Education is Like Silver in the Mine.’ The inner central doors, originally the NJ Supreme Court, depict a map of the Colonial Provinces of East and East Jersey, and a map of the independent State of New Jersey. The outer east doors depict the seals of the State of new Jersey, the Supreme Court, the Equity Court, and an orb with the moot, ‘The Earth is the lord’s and the Fullness Thereof.’ The outer west doors represent industry and modes of transportation, perhaps referring to the offices of Banking and Insurance originally housed within.” – Downtown Trenton Artwalk

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