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  • 125 W. State St.
  • Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Artwork Creator: Thomas Alva Edison
  • 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.
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  • Sponsor/Project: n/a
  • Project Date: 1891

“When Thomas Edison's young Electric Light Company first installed the 66 light bulb brass chandelier in the new Assembly chamber in 1891, the electric light bulb was just 13 years old. It symbolized a new era of progress and technological promise. Nevertheless, the wall sconces were piped for old-fashioned gas light (top half), just in case . . . Stained glass lunettes and an enormous skylight help to light the bright and spacious hall. Gold leafing (added in 1898) decorates ornamental plaster work. A brightly painted wooden statue depicting the great seal of the State of New Jersey stands atop a high arch over the Assembly Speaker's dais and desk. The modern carpet evokes designs of one hundred years ago, incorporating images of four state symbols: the Purple Violet, the Eastern Goldfinch, the Red Oak Tree and Honey Bee.” – New Jersey State Legislative Services

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