Senate Chamber Main Floor

Virtual Visit: NYS Senate Chamber

Explore the architectural and artistic masterpiece that is the New York State Senate Chamber.
Virtual Visit: NYS Senate Chamber
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Virtual Visit: NYS Senate Chamber

Explore the architectural and artistic masterpiece that is the New York State Senate Chamber.

Fun Facts

 

 

Opened March 10, 1881


Designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson

Decorated with Tennessee Marble, Italian Marble, Mexican Onyx, Scottish Granite


24,000 tacks hold the 23 karat gold leaf in place

 

 

63 New York State Senators


Senators serve 2-year Legislative terms

Trivia

 

Who is the President of the New York State Senate?

Kathy Hochul, who is also the Lieutenant Governor of New York.

 

What other famous landmarks were designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson?

Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh; Trinity Church, Boston; Richardson Olmsted Complex, Buffalo and City Hall, Albany.

 

What New York State Senator went on to become Governor and President?

Franklin D. Roosevelt, serving from January 1, 1911 to March 17, 1913.

 

Who is the longest-serving New York State Senator?

Currently, the longest-serving Senator is Kenneth LaValle of Suffolk County. He has been elected every other year since 1976, serving more terms than any other State Senator in the United States.

 

Who designed the large grandfather clock in the chamber?

The clock was designed by H. H. Richardson and has kept the official time for the Senate since 1881.

 

What was supposed to be carved into the stone above the fireplaces?

Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens sketched out designs for life-sized carvings above the fireplaces. One would have shown Moses and the Ten Commandments and the other, King John and the Magna Carta. The actual carvings were never undertaken, and those sections of the room remain unadorned.