Old State House

The Old State House, widely regarded as Connecticut’s most important historic building, has undergone a complete historic restoration, the addition of an underground gallery and the restoration of its 19th century landscape. The exterior of the building was returned to its appearance at the completion of its last major renovation in 1920, while the museum interiors of the building were restored to various historic periods that best illustrate the changing functions of the building over the centuries. The project also brought the building into conformance with current building code requirements and, through the introduction of an elevator and ramping at the plaza level, made the building fully handicapped accessible.

Originally the ground floor was a basement added in the 19th Century. This area was totally reconfigured to provide a new Visitors’ Entrance, Museum Shop, Administrative Offices and a new central Stair Hall. From this hall a new stair and elevator leads visitors to the new 10,000 square foot underground theater space that now serves as a gallery for the Connecticut History Exhibition.

The Old Hartford Statehouse was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. This restoration project was awarded a Special Achievement Award from AIA Connecticut in 1996.


The Old State House Association




Completed 1996

Old State House

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