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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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  • Enjoyed the tour especially the deep history involved and got to meet with State Rep and watch the art of sausage making (law making) in the House Chamber - very informative.  more »
  • The gold leaf dome of this public building is what literally catches your eye, yet inside there are many other treasures to take a look at, like a collection of interesting American flags. It's worth ...  more »
  • Beauty of a building just across from A beauty of a park. Beautiful gold roof. Might as well stroll on by when you're in Boston to check off the ol' list.  more »
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  • Place is nice to stop in and look around. I'd recommend going a tour if you have time.
  • Only saw it from the outside. Nice building. Old by US standards. Good start for the Freedom Trail.
  • Historic venue, carefully restored and maintained. Underneath rotunda is an art gallery, flag room, and stained glass windows. A must-see.
  • One of the more unusual state capitol buildings, the Massachusetts State House is quite ornate inside. The free guided tour is recommended here to learn about some of the unusual traditions of the Massachusetts government. Point off for only being open on weekdays and for the ugly annex building.
  • Freedom Trail tour: Massachusetts State House. Great building. Wanted to visit in person after seeing it in the movie - The Departed.