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Skylight

  • 125 W. State St.
  • Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Artwork Creator: Unknown
  • 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: 1903

“The domed skylight . . . features the names of famous New Jerseyans, including Governor William Livingston, inventor Seth Boyden, and Civil War General George B. McClellan. Originally completed in 1903, the Senate Chamber is the third such chamber dedicated to the upper House to exist at the capitol. The first now serves the Governor's Office, making New Jersey's State House the second oldest in continuous use in the entire nation.” – New Jersey State Legislative Services

“To date there is no indication who installed or designed the stained glass dome in the center of the Chamber. Ten panels, alternating designs of torches and eagles are set in elaborate rococo scrolls with orange, red and amber rundels to give it a jewel like setting. Tiffany green, with a background of Flemish white cathedral and jewel glass adds to the design. Each panel has the name of a famous New Jersey man. From the senate president’s dais reading counter clockwise the names are: Beasley, Henry, McClellan, Boyden, Dayton, Livingston, Kearney, Witherspoon, Frelinghuysen, and Hobart.” – Zara Cohan, A Comprehensive History of the State House of New Jersey

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