The state capital and seat of the government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the inspiring red brick and gold-domed Massachusetts State House, located at the top of Beacon Hill, across from the Boston Common. It is the office location of the Governor of Massachusetts and Massachusetts General Court (state legislature).
This architecturally impressive building on 6.7 acres was completed in 1798 and was designed by Charles Bullfinch, the time’s well-known architect. It also includes the artful work of Boston’s historic notables – John Adams, who laid the keystone in 1795, and Paul Revere, who in 1802 worked on the gold dome. On your visit to the State House, you will no doubt marvel at the exquisite marble interior, multi-faceted floor patterns, the rich stained glass dome that caps Memorial Hall where state seals of the original thirteen colonies show proudly, the many portraits of Massachusetts’ past governors, and much more. You will also find the Senate Chamber that houses marble statues of historic figures including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and the House of Chamber where, since 1895, the House has convened.
A visit to Boston is surely not complete without a stop at the Massachusetts State House where you will learn how history was, and is, made. Be sure to call in advance to schedule a free tour.
The Boston State House is also part of the Freedom Trail.
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon St.
Tour Information: (617) 727-3676