1900 photo Lighthouse, New London,


Capitol




The Capitol was opened in 1878 and stands in the picturesque setting of Bushnell Park. (Construction 1872 - 1879)

Designed by Richard M. Upjohn, a cathedral architect, this High Victorian Gothic style statehouse was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark in 1971 and underwent a restoration between 1979 and 1989.

The exterior marble from East Canaan, Connecticut and granite from Westerly, Rhode island is accented by a gold leaf dome.

The interior floors of the Capitol are inlaid with white marble and red slate from Connecticut and colored marble from Italy.

The stenciling, stained-glass windows and light fixtures were designed by Boston interior decorator William James McPherson.

 This beautiful and unique building houses the executive offices and legislative chambers of the state, as well as historical memorabilia including statues of Nathan Hale, "The Genius of Connecticut" and Governor William Buckingham.


The Battle Ship Connecticut

USS Connecticut (BB-18), the fourth United States Navy ship to be named after the state of Connecticut, was the lead ship of her class of six. Her keel was laid on March 10, 1903; launched on September 29, 1904, Connecticut was commissioned on September 29, 1906 as the most advanced ship in the U.S. Navy.
Connecticut served as the flagship for the Jamestown Exposition in mid-1907, which commemorated the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony. She later sailed with the Great White Fleet on a circumnavigation of the Earth to showcase the US Navy's growing fleet of blue-water-capable ships. After completing her service with the Great White Fleet, Connecticut participated in several flag-waving exercises intended to protect American citizens abroad until she was pressed into service as a troop transport at the end of World War I to expedite the return of American Expeditionary Forces from France.

For the remainder of her career, Connecticut sailed to various places in both the Atlantic and Pacific while training newer recruits to the Navy. However, the provisions of the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty stipulated that many of the older battleships, Connecticut among them, would have to be disposed of, so she was decommissioned on March 1, 1922 and sold for scrap on November 1, 1923.


Old Connecticut