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Gold on Top is Flacky

The capitol was built in stages. The first portion was designed by Charles Bulfinch in 1787. The construction began 1795 and completed in 1798. It covers about 2 city blocks and was at one time 6 acres with the grounds. It initially was only 65 feet deep. Additions continued through the years, with the major being in 1895 with the back section added. Later in 1914 more room went into the end section. There is the Doric Hall with 10 columns, and the nurses hall, hall of flags and great hall encompassing a lot of the buildings. In 1895 they painted the front yellow to match the back Legislature similiar color. Later it was changed back to the red brick.
Paul Revere covered the wooden dome in 1802 with copper, but it was painted gray until 1874 when it was gilded with gold leaf. Then WWI it was painted black. Later, in 1997 the dome was again redone in gold leaf for $300,000 price tag. The top dome has a pine cone signifying the local reliance on lumber.

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Oct 19, 2008

State House Interior

The building was first built in 1795-98. It had major expansion to the wings, and the dome was covered with copper by Paul Revere in 1802, Since then they have inlaid with 23 carat gold 4 times, the last costing $300,000. In 1895 the back addition greatly expanded to space and added magnificent halls.
Tours are 104 Monday-Friday and well worth the one+ hours.

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Oct 17, 2008

Massachusetts State Capital

The state house was built from 1795-1798, in Boston. Boston architect Peter Bullfinch spent months studying Greek and Roman temples. Then he adapted their forms for this new State House, designed rows of columns, and, most daring of all, planned a large dome. At the very top he placed a gilt pinecone as a symbol of the forests that made it possible for the early settlers to survive. Governor Samuel Adams, assisted by Paul Revere, laid the cornerstone of the new State House on July 4, 1795. The building was placed on a hill in John Hancock's cow pasture -- Beacon Hill. The dome was made of wood and covered in copper by Paul Revere; it was first gilded in gold in 1861. Two marble wings, on either side, were added in 1917.

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Jul 15, 2008

Government Center of Boston

The Boston State House is a beautiful piece of architecture and easily one of the most aesthetically pleasing attractions available in the city. Overlooking Boston Common, the State House also marks the beginning of the Freedom Trail which walks thousands of tourists through the various historical sites that are popular in the city.

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Oldest Public Building In Boston

The five dollar entry fee was well worth the entry to this building which is one of the most historically significant sites in the nation. Built in 1713 as the seat of British Government it was in this building that Samuel Adams and other Boston patriots first debated basic ideas that became foundations of the U.S. government.

The Boston Massacre took place outside the Old State House doors in March 1770 and helped spark the Revolution. In 1776 the Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony to the people of Boston.

The building is now a historic site and a museum of Boston's history. We took an hour to go through the various exhibits spread over several levels, all very interesting and well worth the visit.

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Jun 07, 2008

Massachusetts State House

The state's capitol building is easily recognizable thanks to its massive golden dome. Located in the Beacon Hill area, the State House was designed by Charles Bulfinch, one of the city's most prominent architects. The main building was completed in 1798 and is open to visitors free of charge. After going through security, you can join a guided tour or you can visit the building on your own, which I thought was rather unusual - every time I turned a corner I was afraid someone would tell me I had no business there but no, the staff was actually quite friendly and made sure to welcome us every time we'd step into a new room. As there were many school groups around, it was a bit difficult to hear what the tour guide was saying so I was glad we were given the option of going on a self-guided tour (we got to visit the Doric Hall, the Nurses Hall, the Hall of Flags, the Great Hall, the House of Representatives, the Senate Chamber and the Library).

The State House is open for visit from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays.

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Jun 01, 2008

The Old State House

The Old State House, built in 1713, is Boston's oldest public building. This was the seat of the old Colonial Government. It is a very pretty building with a tall white spire and built with bright red bricks. The balcony is famous for being the place where, in July 18, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read to the locals. Even importantly, the spot on the eastside of the building, Devonshire and State streets, where the Boston Massacre took place on March 5, 1770 when British soldiers killed five protesting patriots. Inside of the Old State House is a passable museum dedicated to history of Boston with special emphasis place upon the Revolution. I visited this in 1996 but took a pass on it in 2007.
The museum is open from 9am to 5pm daily and it costs $5.00 to enter.

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Aug 29, 2007

State House

The State House is a remarkable building located across from the Boston Common on the top of Beacon Hill. It was built in 1798. The dome, originally made out of wood shingles, is now sheathed in copper and covered by 23 karat gold.

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New State House

Where else but in Boston, would a building from 1798 be called the "New" State House. That's because the "Old" State House from 1713 still stands. The New State House is the State Capitol Building, and is a beautiful structure. The gold dome shines brightly and makes the New State House very easy to spot.

Directly across from the front entrance is the historic sculpture depicting the 54th Regiment. This all Black Regiment served in the Civil War and is depicted in the movie 'Glory'.

Inside, the New State House is very attractive. Marble is everywhere, and there are murals and stained glass windows at every turn. Guided tours are offered, or you can explore on your own.

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Sep 21, 2006


Construction of the "new" State House was completed in 1798 after 3 years of hard work. It stands directly across from the Boston Commons and on top of Beacon Hill on land once own by John Hancock. It was designed by a leading architect of the time, Charles Bullfinch. It's famous dome was once made of wooden shingles. Today it is sheather in copper, covered by 23 karat gold. A wooden codfish hangs in the House of Representatives chambers. It is said that the codfish signifies the importance of the fishing industry to the Commonwealth.

Tours are free to the public and the building is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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Sep 12, 2006

Massachusetts State House

The seat of Massachusetts' governement, the State House sits on Beacon Street looking down on Boston Common. It is very distinctive with its golden dome designed by Charles Bulfinch and built in 1789 on land owned by John Hancock, a prominent signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Free tours are offered Monday through Friday between 10am and 3pm. Call ahead for reservations (see number below). There is also an option of a self-guided tour from 9am through 5pm Monday through Saturday.

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Jul 24, 2006

Massachusetts State House; Freedom Trail stop 2

Located at the corner of Beacon and Park Street, the "new" State House is the seat of government for Massachusetts.
The building was finished in 1798 and was designed by Charles Bulfinch in the Georgian Neoclassical style. Several additions were made in later years. The gold dome was originally made out of wood shingles and is now copper covered by 23k gold.

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Feb 23, 2006

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Black Heritage Trail

This is a shorter trail than the freedom trail and takes you mainly around the Beacon Hill area which is lovely in itself. There are beautiful mansion houses and millionaire's squares. Excellent and...
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Park Street Church

Among the famous Christian Churches of Boston is the Park Street Church at the Corner of Park Street and Tremont Street and lies across the street from the Boston Common and beside the Granary Burying...
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Granary Burying Ground

I enjoy visiting cemeteries. I think they are beautiful and hold spiritual tranquility. I look at the crypts and headstones and wonder if the deceased have families that live on. I enjoy the beauty of...
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Boston Common

The sculpture was made in memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. Colonel Shaw was a great humanitarian who helped ex-slaves to be free and serve as soldiers. Across the...
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King's Chapel

The King's Chapel is one of the many protestant Unitarian Denominational Churches in New England and is part of the Freedom Trail, you can check this area and Chapel too as it lies just in Tremont...
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Museum of African American History

This is an award winning museum & is dedicated to African-American History and the contributions that African-Americans have made to our society. "And Still We Rise" is the key permanent exhibit &...
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