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Vermont State House, Montpelier

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The Vermont State House, located in Montpelier, is the state capitol of Vermont, in the United States. It is the seat of the Vermont General Assembly. The current Greek Revival structure is the third building on the same site to be used as the State House. Designed by Thomas Silloway in 1857–1858, it was occupied in 1859.
A careful restoration of the Vermont State House began in the early 1980s led by curator David Schütz and the Friends of the Vermont State House, a citizens' advisory committee. The general style of the building is Neoclassical and Greek Revival and is furnished in American Empire, Renaissance Revival, and Rococo Revival styles. Some rooms have been restored to represent latter-19th-century styles including the "Aesthetic Movement" style.
Since 1994, Buildings and General Services Architect, Tricia Harper has been responsible for design and construction for the restoration and renovation project of the building and its grounds.
The Vermont State House is located on State Street on the western edge of downtown Montpelier, a block north of the Winooski River. Set against a wooded hillside (which was open pasture land earlier during much of its history), the building and its distinctive gold leaf dome are easily visible while approaching Montpelier, the smallest city to serve as capital of a U.S. state.
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  • Beautiful building in downtown Montpelier. We stopped to shop and saw the gold domed building. The daffodils were just beginning to bloom. Very pretty.  more »
  • As well as a look at the State Hall with its wonderful golden dome and cannon, do take time to walk around the city. There is plenty to see.  more »
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  • Magnificent capitol, both from the outside and inside. It's quite picture-worthy, especially at night when the building is lit nicely. The free guided tour was very informative. Definitely join one if you are visiting. I was quite surprised to learn that the legislature only meets for about four months in a year, during the first quarter! We were able to visit the legislative halls since there were no on-going sessions. At the end of the tour, visitors can stay and head to the cafeteria for food and drinks. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful, especially the ladies at the gift shop. If you don't have time for the tour, you can check out the virtual tour on their website.
  • Fun, historic and I tereating. You can just walk right in and look arou d, even go to the Cafe up stairs in the back that legislators go to.

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