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The Massachusetts State House sits at the top of Beacon Hill and has served as the capitol of Massachusetts since 1798. It houses the Massachusetts General Court (the state legislature), the office of the governor, and the offices of various state employees and agencies.

Construction on the state house started in 1795 and was completed in 1798. The Federal-style building was designed by Charles Bulfinch, Boston's prominent architect at the time. His design was inspired by both the Somerset House and the Pantheon in London. And the design of this building later served as a model for the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., as well as for many other state capitol buildings across the nation.

The original wooden dome leaked, so in 1802 it was covered in copper. Then in 1874, the dome was painted gray and then light yellow before being covered in gold leaf. The dome serves as the zero-mile marker for distances measured in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts State House has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.

Directions: The Massachusetts State House is located at the intersection of Beacon Street and Park Street, just north of the Boston Common and west of the Financial District.

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  • Updated Aug 16, 2012
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