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Maryland State House, Annapolis

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Government Building Historic Site
The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis and is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. It houses the Maryland General Assembly and offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The capitol has the distinction of being topped by the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails. The current building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, is the third statehouse on its site. The building is administered by the State House Trust, established in 1969.ConstructionConstruction began in 1772, but was not completed until 1797 due to the ongoing American Revolutionary War. The two-story brick Georgian style structure, located inside State Circle, was designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, a noted architect of the time. A small portico juts out from the center of the building, topped by a pediment, with two high arched windows framing the entrance. On both floors, large rectangular windows line the facade. A cornice is topped by another pediment and the sloping roof gives way for a central octagonal drum atop which rests a dome. The large dome is topped by a balustraded balcony, another octagonal drum and a lantern capped by a lightning rod. The rod was constructed and grounded according to the direct specifications of its inventor, Benjamin Franklin.
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TripAdvisor
  • If you are in Annapolis, this is one of the sites, you need to visit. It is free and steeped in history. As far as I could discern, they do not offer guided tours on a regular basis. We visited all th...  more »
  • It's been a few years since I was inside the State House in Annapolis, and I was delighted to discover that the old House and Senate chambers have had a complete makeover, with much more historically ...  more »
  • The State House was a very interesting way to spend 30-60 minutes while in Annapolis. The information displays were well done and anyone who appreciates history will appreciate the visit.  more »
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  • This building will take your breath away. We were lucky enough to be there when a tour guide in historical costume was walking through explaining the history and the items on display.
  • Visited today, a saturday (google says it is closed, but the muesuam part for tourist is open) as part of a historic Annapolis walking tour a family friend was leading. Very intresting place. I dont know why it took until now for me to go inside. I will have to make another visit soon to take time and read the displays. There were also videos and interactive displays.
  • Fun to go with the Gerald de la Mahonita El Juñorio
  • Well worth the visit for someone interested in history. Lots of cool facts to be found here.
  • Very well done Capitol with tons of educational displays.