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Massachusetts State House
The Massachusetts State House, located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA is the seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was designed by Charles Bulfinch as a replacement for the Old State House and completed on January 11, 1798. The cornerstone was laid by John Hancock, who previously used the location as a cow pasture.
The building sits on 6.7 acres (27,000 m²) of land on top of Beacon Hill in Boston and is the oldest remaining building in that location. The original wood dome was covered with copper in 1802 and gilded with gold leaf in 1874. In front of the building is an equestrian statue of General Joseph Hooker.
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