State House in Boston, Massachusetts USA. Taken 4/24/11.
The building is situated on 6.7 acres (27,000 m²) of land on top of Beacon Hill in Boston. It was built on land once owned by John Hancock, Massachusetts’s first elected governor.
Before the current State House was completed during 1798, Massachusetts’s government house was the Old State House on Court Street. For his design for the building, architect Charles Bulfinch was inspired by two buildings of London: William Chambers’s Somerset House,3 and James Wyatt’s Pantheon.4
A major expansion of the original building was done during 1898. The architect for the annex was Bostonian Charles Brigham.
During 1917 the east and west wings were completed. Designed by architects Sturgis, Chapman & Andrews.5
I have always wanted to capture this image, finally had the opportunity with my new lens! This has a special meaning to me since I have spent 31 years in public service for the state of Massachusetts!
Dedicated to all those that are in public service, the ones that care and those that do make a difference in people’s lives!!!
Nikon D300, handheld, Photomatix and finished in Picnik (1 raw image), 200 ISO, 18-200 Sigma Lens, f/11.
(Boston State-House is the hub of the solar system. You couldn’t pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crowbar.
— The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes)