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.