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Architect Richard M. Upjohn was born in England on March 7, 1828 one year before his father Richard Upjohn (1802-1878) emigrated with the family to the United States to pursue his career in architecture first in Boston and after 1839 in New York. Upjohn Senior was an influential Gothic Revival architect who had a thriving practice in both the Gothic Revival and Italianate styles designing many churches and mansions for an elite clientele. Richard M. Upjohn joined his father’s firm in 1853 and in 1857 was a founding member, along with his father, of the American Institute of Architects. The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford is one of Richard Michell Upjohn’s most important commissions.

Bird’s-eye view of Capitol dome

Connecticut State Capitol, photo by jglazer75, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons