Tour: New York State Capitol

Session Title: Tour: New York State Capitol
Session Code: TR0119
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 2:45 PM – 4:45 PM

The New York State Capitol has been the seat of New York State government for over a century, this magnificent building was completed in 1899 and took over 32 years to complete. 

The Capitol was designed by five different architects-Thomas Fuller, Leopold Eidlitz, Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmstead and Isaac Perry. Many different architectural styles can be seen throughout this building-including Italian Renaissance, Gothic, Moorish, and French Renaissance.  

This tour will showcase this stunning and complex example of late nineteenth century architecture, as well as explore recent restoration projects including the restoration of the three monumental staircases-the Great Western Staircase, Senate Staircase and the Assembly Staircase.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the history and architectural design of the New York State Capitol, focusing on recent restoration efforts,
  • Understand the challenges involved in restoring the Capitol while also accommodating the needs of modern New York State government,
  • Review the techniques and special fabrication processes used in recent restoration projects; including decorative painting, stone carving and hand-blown/hand-painted art glass,
  • Understand the ongoing preventative maintenance and operations programs at the Capitol.

Tour Guide:

Bevin Collins, RA

Architect of the New York State Capitol