The façade of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, which opened in 1878, is a masterful display of arches, columns and medallions carved into granite and marble that mixes French, classical, and middle eastern design elements. It has 16 statues of famous citizens from “The Constitution State” dating from before the Revolutionary War through the first female governor who died in 1981. There are eight pedestals available for future statues. The dome tower is 257 feet. Connecticut became the 5th state on January 9, 1788.