The building features painting, stained glass and furnishings by some of the best artisans of the day, and incorporates various Renaissance designs- Italian in the House chamber, French in the Senate chamber and English in the Governors Room. It also reflects Greek, Roman and Victorian influences through out.
The centerpiece is a spectacular 272 ft, 52 million ton dome, inspired by Michelangelo's design at St Peter's Basilica. It is capped with terra cotta tile and coated with green copper, finished off with a 14' gold gilded statue titled Commonwealth. The rotunda and staircase is of Carrara marble and inspired by the Paris Opera House, complete with murals and 23 karat gold trim in parts. The lights are even jaw dropping, each cast in bronze and weighting about a ton each. The globes are close to one of a kind, they are diamond shape, hand cut Austrian cut crystal...which gives the illusion of the "X" in the globes, and gives a brighter light. The rotunda floor is laid of Moravian mosaic tiles made by the famous Mercer Tileworks right here in Doylestown to this day. That could be another full post. A lot of the tile represent modes of transport, insects and wildlife.The American sculptor George Grey Barnard designed the larger than life sculptures of multi-figures in 1902 and were carved from Carrara marble in NYC and then installed at the capitol. of course many years later in the late 90's there was controversy over the male's gentiles showing. Oh brother. Most of the criticisms also came from men!!! It was later commissioned that pieces of marble sheath leaves were installed to cover the male genitals.