Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1775/03/17 John Hancock Life Col Hancock's elegant seat (house, lost), situate near the Common, is attacked by a number of British officers, who, with their swords, cut and hack the fence, behave abusively by breaking people's windows and insulting almost every person they meet. Siege of Boston
1795/07/04 Paul Revere Dignitary During a Masonic ceremony, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Paul Revere, assist Samuel Adams in the laying of the foundation stone for the new Massachusetts State House.
1795/07/04 Samuel Adams Massachusetts Governor During a Masonic ceremony, Governor Samuel Adams and Paul Revere lay the cornerstone of the new Massachusetts State House on pasture land owned by the John Hancock family.
1797/00/00 The Corinthian columns are hand-carved on the front lawn of the State house from solid logs 25 feet long and 30 inches in diameter brought down from Calais, Maine from the estate of Speaker of the House, Edward H Robbins.
1798/00/00 Simon Skillin Artisans John and Simon Skillin carve the pine cone atop the Statehouse dome as well as assist in carving the Corinthian columns and capitals. The columns are so strong that with the exception of one they will last over 150 years.
1798/01/00 Charles Bulfinch Architect The Massachusetts State House is completed at a cost of $133,333 - more than five times the budget.
1798/07/11 The Commonwealth transfers the legislature from the Old State House to the new Massachusetts Statehouse with grand ceremony.
1802/00/00 Paul Revere and Son Manufacturer Massachusetts State House dome, first covered by wood shingles in 1798, is sheathed in copper from Revere's copper rolling mill in Canton.
1802/00/00 Paul Revere Work Paul Revere recommends covering the wooden dome of the Massachusetts Statehouse with copper sheets in the manner used in ship building to solve the problem of persistent rainwater leaks.
1810/03/05 The US State of Massachusetts passes the Cow Pox Act directing every town, district, or plantation, within the Commonwealth, to provide for the vaccination of their inhabitants. Smallpox Vaccine
1815/00/00 Israel Washburn Work Israel Washburn works as a Massachusetts State Representative from 1815 to 1816 and again from 1818 to -1819.
1817/00/00 James Monroe US President A banquet is held in the Massachusetts Statehouse's Doric Hall for President Monroe.
1824/08/24 Josiah Quincy III Dignitary Boston Mayor Josiah Quincy host a reception for General Lafayette in the Doric Hall at the State House and Lafayette has dinner with the Governor of Massachusetts. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1824/08/24 Marquis de Lafayette Guest of Honor Boston Mayor Josiah Quincy host a reception for General Lafayette in the Doric Hall at the State House and Lafayette has dinner with the Governor of Massachusetts. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1824/08/28 Marquis de Lafayette National Guest In the morning, General Lafayette attends a reception at the Massachusetts State House. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1825/00/00 The red brick Bulfinch front is painted white in 1825, painted yellow in 1855, then white again in 1917 to match the white marble wings of the 1914-1917 addition.
1829/00/00 Joseph Meigs Work Mr Meigs becomes a Representative in the Massachusetts House.
1833/00/00 Josiah Bent Work Josiah Bent works as a representative to the Legislature.
1838/00/00 Joseph Meigs Work Joseph Meigs is elected to the Massachusetts State Senate.
1853/00/00 Gridley J F Bryant Architect Gridley J F Bryant designs a second addition to the north portico of the Massachusetts Statehouse to create a much larger space for the State Library and other departments. It will be completed in 1856.
1865/10/00 Charles Sumner Memorial Committee member In the Fall, Charles Sumner attends a meeting in the State House council chamber at the request of Gov Andrew to decide on a appropriate memorial to Robert G Shaw.
1865/10/00 Samuel Gridley Howe Memorial Committee member In the council chamber of the Massachusetts Statehouse, Dr Samuel Howe and others meet with Gov Andrew's to examine the idea of a memorial to Robert G Shaw.
1865/10/00 John Albion Andrew Massachusetts Governor In the autumn of 1865, a meeting is held in the council chamber at the State House, at the call of Gov Andrew, Dr Samuel Howe, Sen Charles Sumner, Col Henry Lee, J B Smith, and others, to consider the matter of a suitable memorial to Robert G Shaw. Establishment of the Shaw Memorial
1868/00/00 Charles C Bixby Work In 1868, 1888 and 1889, Charles C Bixby represents Brockton in the Massachusetts Legislature.
1874/00/00 Massachusetts Statehouse's dome is gilded in gold leaf at a cost of $2,900. The dome will be gilded again in gold leaf in 1997 at a cost of more than $300,000.
1881/00/00 William T Forbes Massachusetts Representative Judge William T Forbes is elected a Member Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1881-1882.
1886/00/00 William T Forbes Massachusetts Senator Judge William T Forbes is elected to the Massachusetts Senate, 1886-1887.
1889/00/00 Brigham and Spofford Architect Construction begins on an brick addition to the north portico designed by Charles Brigham replacing two earlier additions.
1895/00/00 The House of Representatives is completed in Honduran Mahogany. The larger of the two legislative chambers, 160 Legislators meet here to discuss legislative matters.
1897/05/26 George Frisbie Hoar US Senator The Bradford manuscript is presented to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during a joint session of the legislature. It is on deposit in the State Library of Massachusetts in the State House in Boston. Of Plymouth Plantation (book)
1899/00/00 Charles H Brigham Architect The large brick extension to the north portico by Charles H Brigham is completed. The yellow brick structure is still in use today.
1912/05/11 William Chapman Architect The Common Wealth of Massachusetts passes a resolution to construct an office building on the southerly side of Mt Vernon Street, east of Hancock Avenue. Mr William Chapman will soon present plans for the structure to the State House Commission.
1912/07/31 Robert Day Andrews Architect Massachusetts State House Commission hires Robert Andrews and R Clipston Sturgis to be associate architects with William Chapman for additions to the Massachusetts State House.
1912/08/17 R Clipston Sturgis Architect The Common Wealth of Massachusetts reaches a formal agreement for an addition to the Statehouse with architects William Chapman, Robert Andrews and R Clipston Sturgis and are immediately provided use of room 505 by the Sargent-at-arms.
1917/00/00 Robert Treat Paine (philanthropist) Former Owner Designed by William Chapman, Robert Andrews and R Clipston Sturgis, an addition to the Statehouse is completed on the former estate of Robert Treat Paine.
1928/00/00 The brick walls of the Massachusetts Statehouse are cleaned of paint and have remained unpainted since.
1942/00/00 The Statehouse's dome is painted dark gray during WWII so as not to attract the attention of enemy ships at sea or enemy planes overhead and to aid in the minimalizing of any reflected light during the day or during ordered black-outs at night.
1960/00/00 All of the original wooden Corinthian columns are replaced by reproductions made of iron.


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Particulars for Massachusetts Statehouse:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Capitol
Architectural Style Federal Style
Level of Significance National
Owner State

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Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000771
Resource Type:
Owner: State
Architect: Bulfinch,Charles
Architectural Style: Federal
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1787, 1795, 1798
Historic Function: Government
Historic Sub-Function: Capitol
Current Function: Government
Current Sub-Function: Capitol

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