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Sunday, 22 September 2013
Boston State House

Looking up State Street from Long Wharf, the tiniest building at the top of the street is the Old State House in Boston, once an impressive building commanding the bay and now dwarfed by the sky scrapers around it.


From the balcony at the front of the building the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence was made on 18 July 1776. Fortunate to survive into the modern era, today the building houses a museum and is one of 17 landmarks that comprise the city’s Freedom Trail, while the basement houses an underground railway station.

Wikipedia (link above) tells us that:

Today’s brick Old State House was built in 1712–13, possibly designed by Robert Twelves; the previous building, the wooden Town House of 1657, had burned in the fire of 1711. A notable feature was the pair of seven-foot tall wooden figures depicting a lion and unicorn, symbols of the British monarchy.

The current lion and unicorn on top of the building are replacements, as the ones that were there on 18th July 1776 were torn down and publically burned as symbols of the United Kingdom Crown.


Posted by bigblue on 22/09/2013 at 07:24 AM
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