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Encyclopedia > Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts Statehouse
(U.S. National Historic Landmark)
The Massachusetts State House
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°21′30.82″N, 71°3′52.12″W
Built/Founded: 1795-1798
Architect: Charles Bulfinch
Architectural style(s): Federal
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966
NRHP Reference#: 66000771 [1]
Governing body: State
The Massachusetts State House c. 1862, in a stereograph image, before the addition of wings. The copper dome was first painted a warm gray to appear as stone, and was gilded in 1872.
The Massachusetts State House c. 1862, in a stereograph image, before the addition of wings. The copper dome was first painted a warm gray to appear as stone, and was gilded in 1872.

The Massachusetts State House, also called the New State House, is the state capitol and seat of government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is located at Boston in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The building houses the Massachusetts General Court (state legislature) and the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Download high resolution version (1024x768, 386 KB)MA state house by sararech: This is the Hooker statue at the MA state house in Boston. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... The Massachusetts State House, designed by Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1798. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 583 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (944 × 970 pixel, file size: 143 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Stereograph view of the Boston State House Uploaded 09. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 583 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (944 × 970 pixel, file size: 143 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Stereograph view of the Boston State House Uploaded 09. ... Stereoscopy, stereoscopic imaging or 3-D (three-dimensional) imaging is a technique to create the illusion of depth in a photograph, movie, or other two-dimensional image, by presenting a slightly different image to each eye. ... This is a list of state capitols (buildings) in the United States, not to be confused with a list of state capitals. ... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... Cutting down Beacon Hill, about 1800; a view from the north toward the Massachusetts State House. ... The Massachusetts General Court is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Massachusetts. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      In the United States of America, a state legislature is a generic term referring to the... The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the executive magistrate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...

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Description

The building, for which architect Charles Bulfinch took inspiration from London's Somerset House,[2] sits on 6.7 acres (27,000 m²) of land on top of Beacon Hill in Boston. It is the oldest remaining building in that location. The Massachusetts State House, designed by Charles Bulfinch and completed in 1798. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The central courtyard of Somerset House in London. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ...


The original wood dome, which leaked, was covered with copper in 1802. It was first painted gray and then light yellow before being gilded with gold leaf in 1874. The dome is topped with a pine cone representing the state of Maine, which was a district of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when the Bulfinch section of the building was completed. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Metal leaf. ...


In front of the building is an equestrian statue of General Joseph Hooker. Other statues in front of the building include Daniel Webster, educator Horace Mann, and former US President John F. Kennedy. The statues of Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer are located on the lawns below the east and west wings. A young rider at a horse show in Australia. ... Joseph Hooker (November 13, 1814 – October 31, 1879), known as Fighting Joe, was a career U.S. Army officer and a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. ... Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was a leading American statesman during the nations antebellum era. ... Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859) was an American education reformer and abolitionist. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, Kennedy, John Kennedy, Jack Kennedy, or JFK, was the thirty-fifth President of the United States. ... Anne Hutchinson on Trial by Edwin Austin Abbey Anne Hutchinson (July, 1591 – July, 1643) was the unauthorized Puritan preacher of a dissident church discussion group and a pioneer settler in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Netherlands. ... Mary Dyer is led to the gallows Mary Barrett Dyer (1611? - June 1, 1660) was an English Quaker who was hanged in Boston, Massachusetts for repeatedly defying a law banning Quakers from the colony. ...


The original red-brick Bulfinch building contains the Governor's offices (on the west end) with the Massachusetts Senate occupying the former House of Representatives Chamber under the dome. The Massachusetts House of Representatives occupies a chamber on the west side of the Brigham addition. Hanging over this chamber is the Sacred Cod, which was given to the House of Representatives in 1784 by a Boston merchant. The Sacred Cod symbolizes the importance of the fishing industry to the early Massachusetts economy. The Massachusetts Senate is the upper house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the bicameral state legislature of Massachusetts. ... the world is coming to the end!!!!! cod is going to eat up alive and do us hard up the emmm. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish by hooking, trapping, or gathering. ...


A staircase in front of the Bulfinch building leads from Beacon Street to Doric Hall inside the building. The large main doors inside Doric Hall are only opened on three occasions:

  1. When the President of the United States or foreign head of state visits.
  2. When the Governor exits the building on his last day in office. This tradition is known as the Long Walk and begins when the Governor, alone, exits the Executive Chamber, walks down to the 2nd floor, through Doric Hall and out the main doors. He then descends the staircase, crosses the street and enters Boston Common, symbolically rejoining the people of Massachusetts as a private citizen. The tradition has since been broken, when on January 4, 2007, Deval Patrick chose to be sworn in on the staircase and give his inaugural address there, forcing outgoing Governor Mitt Romney to take the Long Walk the day before his last in office.
  3. When a regimental flag returns from battle.

For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... Image:Boston common Boston Massachusetts USA.jpg Boston Common in 2005, with the State House looming in the background 1890 Map of Boston Common and the adjacent Public Garden View of the Water Celebration, on Boston Common, October 25th 1848 Boston Common Engraving For the television series, see Boston Common... Deval Laurdine Patrick (born July 31, 1956) is an American politician and the current Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947), known by the American public as Mitt Romney, was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ...

In film

The producers of the movie Amistad used several interior shots of the State House. One scene included the House of Representatives Chamber, which was briefly seen as the US House of Representatives Chamber. Amistad (Spanish for friendship) is a 1997 Steven Spielberg movie based on a slave mutiny that took place aboard a ship of the same name in 1839. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ...


The State House is featured prominently in Martin Scorsese's 2006 film The Departed. In the last shot of the film, a rat crawls along a balcony railing with the dome in the background. Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, writer and producer and founder of the World Cinema Foundation. ... The Departed is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. ...


References

  1. ^ National Register Information System. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service (2006-03-15).
  2. ^ Shand-Tucci, Douglass. Built in Boston: City and Suburb, 1800-2000, p. 6. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 1999. ISBN 1558492011.
  • Cupolas of Capitalism - State Capitol Building Histories (L-ME) (1998-2005). Cupola.com. May 17, 2005.
  • The Evolution of the State House (2005). Interactive State House. Mass.gov . May 17, 2005.

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Massachusetts State House - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (757 words)
The Massachusetts State House, located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA is the seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Located in the Boston neighborhood of Beacon Hill, the building houses the Massachusetts General Court and the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives occupies a chamber on the west side of the Brigham addition.
Old State House (Boston) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (590 words)
After the American Revolution, the building served as the seat of the Massachusetts state government before its move to the present Massachusetts State House in 1798.
On July 11, 1976, as part of her Boston visit to celebrate the bicentenary of the United States of America, Queen Elizabeth II toured the Old State House and was shown a sample of original tea from the Boston Tea Party of 1773.
The other is the State House residence hall on the campus of Curry College in Milton, just outside Boston.
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