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    Massachusets State House

    by yooperprof Written May 5, 2004

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    Isn't it interesting that Boston is the capital of Massachusetts? Well, I guess it is interesting if you a "state capital fanatic" like me. I mean, how many states have their capital in their largest and most important city? Not all that many.

    Anyhow, the Massachusetts State House is a proud and fitting reminder of Boston's history. It was designed by architect Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1798, making it older than the U.S. Capitol in Washington. When it was built, the State House was on the far outskirts of the City of Boston; it still dominates its Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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    Freedom Trail - Tenth Stop -

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Mar 31, 2004

    Old State House

    Beginning with its construction in 1713, the Old State House was the headquarters of British government in Boston. The building's distinctive cupola was once the tallest and most impressive building in the town, sending the message that there was no higher authority than the king.

    It was just outside these doors that the Boston Massacre unfolded in 1770, and from this balcony that the Declaration was first read to the people of Boston in 1776. Now, Old State is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, housing as a museum of Boston history operated by the Bostonian Society.

    Freedom Trail Walking Info :
    Across the street on the traffic island is the site of the Boston Massacre.

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    Freedom Trail - Second Stop -

    by amsterdam_vallon Updated Mar 31, 2004

    The State House

    Designed by Charles Bulfinch, the State House was completed on January 11th, 1798, and widely acclaimed as one of the more magnificent and well-suited buildings in the country. The land was originally used as John Hancock's cow pasture.

    Today, the State House is the oldest building on Beacon Hill, and its grounds cover 6.7 acres of land. In 1802, the original wooden dome was covered with copper to prevent water leakage. In 1874, the dome was gilded with 23-carat gold leaf. The State House is the seat of Massachusetts' state government.

    Freedom Trail Walking Info :
    From here, you can visit the Park Street Church by following The Trail down the Park Street side of the Common.

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    by zChris Updated Jun 16, 2003

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    Crowning Beacon Hill with its gilded golden dome, the New State House is a major Boston landmark. It was designed by famous Boston architect Charles Bulfinch and in truth isn't so new- it was built in 1795. As the headquarters of the Massachusetts state government, more room was always needed, and various wings were added throughout the 19th century. However, the original Bulfinch structure, with is brick facade, columns, and golden dome, has remained the essence of the structure. Tours are given inside- the Hall of Flags is especially impressive.

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    New State House. Here's the...

    by adambeau Written Sep 8, 2002

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    New State House. Here's the gold domed building that's sure to please any political buff.
    Historic info: New, as in built in 1798, directly across from Boston Common. The land was once owned by John Hancock, the first elected Governor of 'the Bay State'. That gold dome was originally made out of wood shingles and is now actually copper covered by 23k gold. In the House of Representatives chambers, a wooden codfish is hung to signify the importance of the fishing industry for the commonwealth.

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    State House - at the entrance...

    by Pamela_Peace Written Sep 2, 2002

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    State House - at the entrance to Boston Commons, on Beacon Street, you can't help but see the beautiful gold-domedState House. Designed by Charles Bulfinch, it dates back to 1795 with the gold leaf added in 1874. Many historical documents are housed here, among them the original Massachusetts constitution which is the nation's oldest.

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    Massachusetts State House

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Massachusetts State House
    The Massachusetts State House, located on Beacon Street, was designed by Charles Bulfinch. Samuel Adams laid the cornerstone in 1795. It was completed on January 11, 1798, and was acclaimed as one of the more magnificent buildings in the country. Now it is the seat of the Massachusetts state government and is the oldest building on Beacon Hill.

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    The new State House, located...

    by rhiannon1968 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The new State House, located on Beacon Hill, was designed by Charles Bulfinch. It was built in 1795 on and the gold dome is 23 1/2 carat gold leaf covering the original copper placed there by Paul Revere.

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    State House

    by Jim_Eliason Written May 19, 2011

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    The modern state house dates from 1798 and sits on the northern end of Boston Commons. Guided tours are available.

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    New State House

    by tim07 Updated Jun 14, 2008

    The State House was opened in 1798. It is a beautiful building with a 23-carat Gold Dome which shines in the sun.

    State House tours are free & take place between 10:00am to 4:00pm weekdays.

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    Massachusetts State House

    by MLW20 Written Jan 10, 2007

    Located across from Boston Common at the top of Beach Hill.

    The state house is an interesting building to check out due to it's gold dome roof. We didn't go inside.

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    Massachusetts State House

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 25, 2006

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    This magnificent building houses the executive and legislative branches of the Massachusetts government. It was completed in 1798, and is an example of a Bullfinch design.

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    The State House

    by acemj Updated Sep 20, 2005

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    More than just a glimmering dome, the State House is the center of Massachusetts government and politics. It's located on the Beacon Hill side of Boston Commons. Check out the night picture also.

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    New State House

    by el_ruso Written Aug 2, 2005

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    The new State House is located on the hill across from a park, and is topped by a spectacular guilded dome.

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    The Golden Dome

    by gmanxue Written Oct 6, 2003

    The golden dome of the State Hall is obvious, you may get it when you just get out of the T-stop at Boylston or Park Street. If you take duck tour, the state hall is one of the spots you will visit.

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