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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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  • The State House is located across the road from Boston Common, the impressive gold dome really stands out. Architectural beauty and history surrounds you. You have to go through security first and ent...  read more »
  • We actually stayed at an apartment with a rooftop view right next to the State House and took so many amazing pictures of the building before ever stepping foot inside - and let me tell you, it's even...  read more »
  • Just walked by and listened in on one of the tour groups. Did not go inside. Part of Massachusetts' history. 
  • 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
  • Mirelurks everywhere, dirt and grime. Place is a dump. Don't go upstairs if you want raiders. DONT GO TO THE BOTTOM BECAUSE A MIRELURK QUEEN IS THERE!
  • 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.
  • Constructed 4 years after the end of the Revolutionary War (1783) in 1787 as replacement of the Old State House from 1713.
  • It was a really cool experience to see the architecture and be able to learn some history as well.
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