Monday, February 25, 2008

Massachusetts State House

The Bulfinch State House was completed on January 11, 1798 and was widely acclaimed as one of the more magnificent and well-situated buildings in the country. Its dome dominated the Boston skyline until the advent of the skyscraper.

In 1713 the seat of the Massachusetts government was the old State House at the corner of King (now Washington) and State streets.

The site chosen for the new State House, close to the summit of the south side of Beacon Hill overlooking Boston Common and the Back Bay, originally served as a cow pasture for the Revolutionary patriot and governor John Hancock. Charles Bulfinch was chosen to design the building. He later contributed to the plans of the Capitol in Washington.
More information on this week's posts about the Massachusetts State House can be found here.


Pat said...

Great lines! I like your photo today. I found your whole post so interesting to read! :)


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BeanTownBoy said...

Great shot of a magnificent building!
It would be nice to see a couple of shots of the interior, if they allow photography inside (?).

Clueless in Boston said...

Pat: thanks for your comments.
Beantown: Yes, it is a magnificent building and they do allow photography inside! I have a few I am going to post this week.

b.c. said...

oh that's a great photo, like the angle--and very interesting post--(p.s. the old state house photo was nice too...)

yoshi said...

The angle is very original! I love it! Beautiful photo!

Eric Tenin said...

Wow That's a stunning photo. I echo everyone: perfect angle and colors.

Raquel Sabino Pereira said...

And the gold under the blue sky is amazing!! Great post!!

Joy said...

What an interesting angle! Loving the colours, too!

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