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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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  • This is a beautiful facility. Our kids recognized everyone in the paintings. The architecture, decor and history is great. Annapolis, as a whole, is a beautiful city. Great walking city too.  more »
  • The State House is where George Washington resigned his commission as commander and chief of the US army. Visitors are able to go into the room where this happened as well as the current senate and ho...  more »
  • Not only does Maryland have the oldest U.S. state capital building in continuous use since colonial days, but it has maintained the building beautifully, offering visitors the opportunity to see not o...  more »
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  • It is always great to visit places of historical significance. It is free to enter, but a donation is recommended. There are some great artifacts and paintings to view. Does not take long to visit.
  • The Maryland State House has been in continuous operation longer than any other. It served as the nation's capital for a short period. George Washington resigned his commission there. The room where he resigned his commission has been lovingly restored. There is a room showing how the legislature would have looked at the time of the Civil War. I went on a tour arranged by our state senator.
  • This place is pretty cool even though I'm not into the whole political scene. My daughter sings here every year and the kids sound very good because the Acoustics in this place are unbelievable. They definitely should do more about the parking when they have events like this because you can risk getting a ticket if you park on the outsides of the building
  • Beautiful historic building. The place where George Washington resigned his military commission. Definitely worth the time to visit while in Annapolis.
  • Cool to see the history of Maryland. Very small for a state house and they don't offer much in terms of tours. Wish there was a little more to explore, but it was still fun to see.
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