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Massachusetts State House, Boston

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The Massachusetts State House, also known as the Massachusetts Statehouse or the New State House, is the state capitol and seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, located in the Beacon Hill/Downtown neighborhood of Boston. The building houses the Massachusetts General Court (state legislature) and the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts. The building, designed by noted architect Charles Bulfinch, was completed in 1798, and has repeatedly been enlarged since. It is considered a masterpiece of Federal architecture and among Bulfinch's finest works, and was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architectural significance.BuildingThe building is situated on 6.7 acres (27,000 m²) of land on top of Beacon Hill in Boston, opposite the Boston Common on Beacon Street. It was built on land once owned by John Hancock, Massachusetts's first elected governor.Before the current State House was completed in 1798, Massachusetts's government house was the Old State House on Court Street. For the building's design, architect Charles Bulfinch made use of two existing buildings in London: William Chambers's Somerset House, and James Wyatt's Pantheon.
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  • Gold arrives in Boston and immediately eye-catching buildings. Tourists are fine. It might be good little temple would stop next to the Boston common, so a walk in the Park.
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  • really enjoyed the visit here. lovely building, fantastic murals, the room of flags was something different. even got the chance to look in the congress room. well worth a visit. see pics  more »
  • I work in mid-west state capitol building that is great, but the Mass State House is at another level. We couldn't take a tour, so we were free to wander. The building is amazing. I wish we could have...  more »
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  • this massachusetts state capitol building is available for tours at no cost to the public. arrive 15 minutes early as the tours do fill up. there is also an archives library, where one can get a library pass and you can research massachusetts early statehood history here. this is up the stairs from Park Street Station on the Green & Red Trolley lines. A must see when visiting boston
  • I would highly recommend having a quick look round the State House. Hour long tours are run for free and provide a wealth of information about the rich history of the building and the state of Massachusetts.
  • Constructed 4 years after the end of the Revolutionary War (1783) in 1787 as replacement of the Old State House from 1713.
  • Great place to visit. Take the tour!
  • Visit with your representative and/or senator, and get a tour of the historical state house. Lots of history on the building, and also can help you get comfortable being involved with legislation efforts.