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Old State House


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1713/00/00 Brick State House opens, replacing the wooden Town House destroyed in the fire of 1711, becomes the seat of provincial government
1747/00/00 Robert Twelves Architect The current Old State House is built in 1747 after a fire destroys the interior and a portion of the brick walls. Attributed to Robert Twelves, the High Georgian style suggests that the State House was designed by a trained British architect.
1770/02/26 Christopher Seider's funeral procession passes the Town House where the governor and council meet. Death of Christopher Seider
1770/03/05 Henry Knox Witness British Regulars shoot American colonist, killing five and injuring six, in front of the old State House American Revolution - From Protest to Revolt
1770/03/05 Henry Knox Witness British Regulars shoot American colonist, killing five and injuring six, in front of the old State House Boston Massacre
1776/07/18 The Declaration of Independence is read to Bostonians from the balcony of the State House. US Declaration of Independence
1780/10/25 John Hancock Governor John Hancock is inaugurated as the first Commonwealth Governor in the State House Council Chamber.
1798/01/11 The Commonwealth transfers the legislature from the Old State House to the new Massachusetts Statehouse.
1830/00/00 Isaiah Rogers Architect Isaiah Rogers remodels the Old State House interior in a Greek Revival style, adding the spiral staircase that remains today. From 1830 to 1841, the building is used as Boston's city hall.
1835/10/21 William Lloyd Garrison Vocation Mayor Theodore Lyman Jr gives refuge to William Garrison, the editor of the abolitionist paper The Liberator, who was being chased by a violent mob. Garrison was kept safe in the Old State House until being driven to the Leverett Street Jail (lost).
1881/00/00 Bostonian Society is established at the dawn of the historic preservation movement, to rescue the Old State House from threatened demolition, and to preserve it on-site when an offer from Chicago's citizens proposed that it be moved to Lake Michigan.

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Particulars for Old State House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Historic Use City Hall
Architectural Style Georgian
Criteria Historic Event
Owner Local
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Politics-government

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000779
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Georgian
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1700-1749, 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1713, 1748
Historic Function: Government
Historic Sub-Function: City Hall
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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