This historical building houses the Massachusetts State Legislature and the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts.
The building was completed in 1798 and cost five times more than its original budget to build at $133,333. It has been enlarged several times since its completion. Designed by architect Charles Bulfinch, this is considered his best work and is a National Historic Landmark. Bulfinch also designed the Capitol in Washington D. C. Massachusetts State House is the state capitol and seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The original dome was made of wood, and it leaked, so it was covered with copper in 1802 by Paul Revere's company, Revere Copper Company. He and his company were the first to roll copper into sheets for copper sheathing.
Before being gilded with gold leaf in 1874, it was painted a gray and later light yellow. It was painted gray again during World War ll, so it could not be seen during blackouts to protect the city and the building from being bombed. Then in 1997, it was re-gilded in 23k gold that cost more than $300,000. It is easy to spot the building because of the gold gleaming dome-roof as it stands out from any nearby buildings. The Massachusetts State House is over 200 years old and stands out amidst the modern-day buildings. Inside of Massachusetts State House, there are murals, statues, and governors' portraits to illustrate the state's history. The State Library is located on the 3rd floor of the building. Visitors can either take a self-guided tour or a free guided tour of the beautiful building and learn the stories behind various artworks and statues. Tours are available Monday - Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.