The State House Connecticut built (1874-79) at the height of the Gilded Age is one of the essential landmarks in the Capital City. Designed by architect Richard Upjohn, it reflects Hartford’s remarkable prosperity, prominence, and national influence at that time. No other state has a Capitol building so saturated with art and statuary. It tells stories about Connecticut’s founding, development, and roles in the American Revolution, and the still-recent Civil War. School groups that visit the Capitol and Museum of Connecticut History (across the street) get an experience and education they’d never get in a classroom. For some it instills a sense of state pride and civic attachment. For most greater awareness and historical perspective. Unpacking the layers of meaning both inside and out is a riveting experience. This program explores many facets of this building’s allure and calls for modest reforms that will make it more accessible and, once again, a center of state and national attention.