Photographer's Note

Back in August, when I visited New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming, we visited all three states' capital cities and made it a point to go to all three capitol buildings. At some point after that, I got it into my head that it would be an interesting project to attempt to visit and photograph all 50 state capitols. So I started closest to home, in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts State House, with its red brick exterior and impressive gold dome, stands out among state captiol buildings in the US. It is one of the country's oldest, built in 1798 by noted architect Charles Bulfinch. Bulfinch's other works include the original design for the US Capitol in Washington, DC (since significantly altered), the old Connecticut State House, the Maine State House (again, since significantly altered) and many noted buildings around Boston, including Fanueil Hall. The Massachusetts State House was built on a piece of land that had once been grazing land owned by John Hancock, famous revolutionary agitator, smuggler, signed of the Declaration of Independence, and first Massachusetts Governor.

Today, the State House sits on busy Beacon Street, just across from the Boston Common. Of all the state capitols it has perhaps the least amount of land dedicated to it specifically; this poses a challenge for the photographer, as it makes it difficult to get a full, head on shot of the building, unlike many other capitols. This shot was taken from Beacon Street, at the front steps of the building itself, near dusk.

A larger version can be seen here.
My Massachusetts State House set on Flickr can be seen here.

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