Massachusetts State House
|Address:||24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 2108|
|Hours:||M-F 10am - 4pm|
|Season:||Closed weekends and holidays.|
The Massachusetts State House contains the governor's office, the Massachusetts Senate, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The building sits near the summit on the south side of Beacon Hill. The front lawn, occupied by statues of noteworthy Massachusetts residents, overlooks the Boston Common, on 6.7 acres of land that formerly served John Hancock's cow pasture. Designed by Charles Bulfinch in 1787, construction for the State House began on in 1795 and was completed on November 11, 1798 making it the oldest building on Beacon Hill. The building itself covers two city blocks and comprises of red brick walls, white pillars and trim, and a prominent central dome topped with a pine cone (a testament to the significance of the lumbering industry to the state's economy during colonial times). Made of wood, the dome leaked before it was covered with copper by Paul Revere's company in 1802. Initially painted gray, it was re-colored light yellow for several years before being gilded in gold leaf in 1874. During World War II, the dome was painted matte black to help camouflage the hub of the city. The current 23 karat gold finish was put in place in 1997 at a cost of $300,000.
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