By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — The historic Old State House will close for a year because of deep cuts to the state’s budget.
The Old State House on Main Street is Connecticut’s first town hall and is famous for Amistad trial.
The brick building will be stripped of its Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington and hundreds of other artifacts, state officials said.
Local historians said the museum might not reopen if its collections are removed and stored in several institutions such as the Connecticut State Library, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Connecticut Historical Society.
In the meanwhile, workers will continue to empty the contents in the museum. The content is worth about $40 million. of the building on Sept. 1 — as mandated by the state legislature this year — but says it will not do that until the historic structure is emptied of its contents, worth about $40 million.
In 2008, the state took over the Old State House. And it was managed by the Office of Legislative Management, which maintains and provides security for the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building.
State lawmakers said the Old State House will have new management on Sept. 1, a mandate by the state legislature. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is to managed the renovation because it is best suited under an agency that manages parks.
The legislature also cut the Old State House’s budget from $100,000 to $400,000.