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State House, Augusta

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Maine State House in Augusta, Maine is the state capitol of the State of Maine. The building was completed in 1832, one year after Augusta became the capital of Maine. Built using Maine granite, the State House was based on the design of the Massachusetts State House (Maine was formerly part of Massachusetts, and became a separate state in 1820).
Governor Paul LePage and the Maine Legislature convene at the State House.
When Maine separated from Massachusetts and became a state in 1820, a number of cities and towns sought the honor of becoming the state capital. The principal aspirants were Portland, Brunswick, Hallowell, Waterville, Belfast, Wiscasset, and Augusta. The first capital of Maine was Portland, but it moved to Augusta because of its more central location. The Legislature passed and Governor Enoch Lincoln signed the bill establishing Augusta as the capital in 1832.
After careful consideration of various sites on both sides of the river, the governor and the Commissions chose a 34acre lot for the Maine State House and extending from the old Hallowell road to the Kennebec River. The building was designed by the renowned architect Charles Bulfinch of Boston, and in its original form resembles his Massachusetts State House.
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  • The building was closed when we arrived so we were only able to view the building from the outside. It has a large dome, which may have been made of copper.  more »
  • Spent a day watching our legislators hard at work. Fascinating to watch the dynamics of the goings on as our leadership helps to shape the lives of the citizens of our state. Very inspiring day for...  more »

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