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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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  • The oldest administrative building, that is until now! The most important events in the history of the city occurred in this building. The Treaty of Paris was ratified, retired United States war for independence. Completely free entrance from 11 up to 15 daily.
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  • looking at it and knowing it is one of the oldest running state house in the country. it has some of the best views of Annapolis. 
  • The building is the “oldest State House that is still in legislative use today”. It was, unfortunately, not open when we came here during the Holidays. We had stopped by on our way back home from DC, ...  more »
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  • Well worth the visit as is so much history here including original paintings, furniture, swords, etc from the 1700's. The state House & Senate chambers are a sight not to miss as they are really awesome as is the old wooden steeple w Benjamin Franklin's original lighting rod on top. True American history here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gorgeous touch of american history and architecture.
  • Must see if you are in Annapolis. Free to get in and you need only an hour to see all the rooms.