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Vermont State House, Montpelier

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The Vermont State House, located in Montpelier, is the state capitol of Vermont, in the United States. It is the seat of the Vermont General Assembly. The current Greek Revival structure is the third building on the same site to be used as the State House. Designed by Thomas Silloway in 1857–1858, it was occupied in 1859.A careful restoration of the Vermont State House began in the early 1980s led by curator David Schütz and the Friends of the Vermont State House, a citizens' advisory committee. The general style of the building is Neoclassical and Greek Revival and is furnished in American Empire, Renaissance Revival, and Rococo Revival styles. Some rooms have been restored to represent latter-19th-century styles including the "Aesthetic Movement" style.The Vermont State House is located on State Street on the western edge of downtown Montpelier, a block north of the Winooski River. Set against a wooded hillside (which was open pasture land earlier during much of its history), the building and its distinctive gold leaf dome are easily visible while approaching Montpelier, the smallest city to serve as capital of a U.S. state.
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  • Made it a point to stop here while visiting Montpelier - was really impressed with how nice the building is & the picturesque grounds. Was unable to take a tour, but would love to when back in the are...  more »
  • We had the pleasure of having the Sargent of Arms discuss the history of the government in Vermont. 400 representatives look our for their citizens for 200 dollars for 2 years. WOW! Now this is what s...  more »
  • We try to visit all of the capitals when we are traveling and this one was great. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and was a native from Vermont.  more »
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  • We had a great tour through the building. It was calm that day, with our young three children, and they ran into the Lt. Gov's office, and she was very understanding and welcomed them in, and talked to the girls for a minute or two. Very cool, free place to visit! Beautiful grounds.
  • I loved visiting the Vermont State House! When I arrived on Saturday, I wasn't expecting to be able to go inside or take a tour, but I'm glad they were open. The docent was outstanding and the building, beautiful! I recommend stopping if you have free time.
  • Make it a priority to visit this State Building and take the tour. It is worth the time and drive to get there. You will learn much about history and be taken to the Senate rooms to sit. Lots of national historical figures came from Vermont and you will learn about them.
  • Excellent free tour! We loved visiting this capitol. Only downside is the gift shop was out of magnets with the capitol on it.
  • We went here on a field trip when I was in 8th grade. It was pretty cool and we also went to the other building next to the state house. The tour was good.

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