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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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  • I joined a free tour of the State House which was both informative and interesting. A fabulous building and the guide pointed out the quirks and points of interest that I would never had noticed or kn...  more »
  • Massachusetts lawmakers in the Parliament building. The old European-style buildings, you may be tempted to go, this is what the building actually has a gold dome. Around the inside of the gun when I cannot do anything, you should apply for a tour in time. Freedom Trail can be seen for the first time during the below.
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  • Very interesting place to visit. Well worth doing before you start the Old Town Trolley Tour at this point.  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.