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Old State House, Boston

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The Old State House is a historic building in Boston, Massachusetts, at the intersection of Washington and State Streets. Built in 1713, it was the seat of the Massachusetts General Court until 1798, and is one of the oldest public buildings in the United States. One of the landmarks on Boston's Freedom Trail, it is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and now serves as a history museum operated by the Bostonian Society. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.HistoryThe Massachusetts Town House: seat of colony government 1713–1776Today's brick Old State House was built in 1712–13, possibly designed by Robert Twelves; the previous building, the wooden Town House of 1657, had burned in the fire of 1711. A notable feature was the pair of seven-foot tall wooden figures depicting a lion and unicorn, symbols of the British monarchy.The building housed a Merchant's Exchange on the first floor and warehouses in the basement. On the second floor, the east side contained the Council Chamber of the Royal Governor while the west end of the second floor contained chambers for the Courts of Suffolk County and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The central portion contained the chambers for the elected Massachusetts Assembly. This chamber is notable for including public galleries, the first known example of such a feature being included in a chamber for elected officials in the English-speaking world.
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  • A very nice building between skyscrapers, impresses one with its historical significance. Here, the United States has begun to exist by its founding fathers in this building, hence the name Old State House. Those who are interested in the history of the United States should not shun it.
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  • This is a lovely building in its own right and is also of considerable historical significance. We mainly explored on our own but we did catch the end of a talk by one of the costumed guides. Easy to ...  read more »
  • The museum itself, whilst incredibly informative, is relatively small. What makes this museum a cut above are the large number of talks provided by historians / actors throughout the day. Every 30 min...  read more »
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