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Maryland State House, Annapolis

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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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  • I bought a Capitol book while in Jackson Mississippi and now am on a mission to visit all the capitols. Been to 5 so far and each one has its own unique story and the state house in Annapolis didn't l...  read more »
  • Almost obligatory stop. Worth a rest and use the bathroom is super clean. Groceries are also served by there and parking is super easy.
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  • My wife and I visited here on October 3rd 2016. Make sure you have a drivers licence or passport to get in. Well kept place, very interesting to see the senate and house chambers for the state of Mary...  read more »
  • Then it's fun to walk around the first floor and look at the convening rooms if you have 10 minutes to spare. Not a lot of explanation though, your left to your own resources, allthough it seems there schould be a guide pamflet availabe.
  • The State House is immaculately maintained and the first floor is open to the public during business hours (see website). Visitors will pass through usual public security on entering, with bags scanned. A guard will issue an adhesive label to be worn while in the public areas. Once inside, the House of Delegates and Senate chambers are available to view when the legislature is not in session. In addition, the old House of Delegates chambers is always open during business hours (confirm on website if a special event is scheduled). Of special note is the crimson-walled Maryland State silver service room. If you are a Maryland resident, contact your state Delegate or senator and a field representative or local staffer may be able to meet you and take you to places inside the Capitol building not normally accessible to the public.
  • Because of its age this building has seen several historic events and visitors not only see the current Senate and House chambers, but display cases of the history as well.
  • Very cool grounds.
  • An open and accessible state house. Gotta love Maryland!!!
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