Part of the Capitol restoration efforts include the restoration of the 1888 Chamber where the Territorial House met and served as the location of the Constitutional Convention for statehood in 1889. This room began serving as the Supreme Court Chamber in 1890.
The chamber will be restored to its original size by eliminating a partition wall and reclaiming the two-story volume and public balcony. The original features will be restored, including the stained glass lay light and chandelier. Natural light will be provided by the historic sky light above this room. This magnificent room will become the largest meeting room in the Capitol and will be available for use by the statewide elected officials when not in use by the Legislature.
Last week, workers removed the historic chandelier from Room 302, which originally hung in the two-story high Supreme Court Chamber. The fixture will be restored and returned to its original location in the Supreme Court room. The chandelier will receive new LED modules to provide the Capitol with energy efficient lighting, and eventually be moved back into its original location. All of the retrofitted lights will receive a UL Listing, a safety related certification, as part of the process.