The Dream City, Paul V. Galvin 
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  NEW JERSEY'S BUILDING - This structure was situated on the northern circle of State houses, at a corner where a north and south avenue ran to the New York Building. Nothing could be more surprising than the contrast between the exterior and interior. Plain and unostentatious from the street, the house startled the visitor from its entrance with the luxury and elegance of its furnishings, and the stateliness of its occupants. Colored servants to take the guest's card or lead him to the registry, silken ribbons across doorways and stair-cases, to remind him that he was not of the elect, pianos, chairs, tables and sideboards of rosewood, with carpets of deepest velvet, and hangings of richest silk, spoke of the wealth, pride, and exclusive spirit of the little State. The house itself reproduced the appearance of Washington's headquarters at Morristown, in the Revolutionary War, and was the work of Charles A. Gifford, architect, of Newark. It was three stories high, and 81 by 31 feet in area; the cost was $18,000. A room was shown that was called Washington's bed-chamber and dining-room, and a wine buffet was set with fine cut glassware, well in keeping with the general interior display. There were rooms for the use of the women commissioners, rooms for the commission, parlors, a large hall, with broad fire-place, and a whole story for the care-takers. The material was brought largely from New Jersey by James W. Lanning, of Trenton, the contractor.
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