Vermont State House

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Vermont State House
National Register of Historic Places
National Historic Landmark
Vermont State House (Vermont)
Paris plan pointer b jms.svg
location Montpelier , Vermont
Coordinates 44 ° 15 '45 "  N , 72 ° 34' 49"  W Coordinates: 44 ° 15 '45 "  N , 72 ° 34' 49"  W.
Built 1833; 1859 (reconstruction after fire)
architect Ammi B. Young, Thomas Silloway
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP number 70000739
The NRHP added December 30, 1970
Declared as an  NHL December 30, 1970

The Vermont State House in Montpelier is the seat of the government of the state of Vermont . With its gold leaf dome against the background of the changing canopy of a nearby park , many tourists consider it the prettiest government building in the United States .

Vermont State Capitol, ca.1833
The plenary hall, 2004

Originally, the Vermont MPs met alternately in different cities on a rotating basis . In 1805 the deputies decided that it was time to stop wandering around the seat of government due to the city's central location and the inexpensive building land . The MPs decided to meet in Montpelier with immediate effect. This was decided under two conditions. First, Montpelier had to make the land available for the Capitol. Second, the state capitol had to be completed by September 1808. Thomas Davis, son of Montpelier's first permanent settler, Col. Jacob Davis, provided the land and the first house of parliament was built at a cost of $ 9,000. After the first parliament became too small, a new one was built. The second parliament was designed by Ammi Young and completed in 1838 at a cost of $ 132,000. Even a conflagration on a cold January night in 1857, which destroyed the impressive successor building from 1838 except for the granite walls and the portico , could not prevent the Vermonters from building the current Capitol building on its basis . The new blueprints were based on Young's, but the scale was increased and the ornaments were built in the Renaissance style popular at the time . This capitol was built in two and a half years for $ 150,000. It was completed in 1859 and expanded in 1888, 1900 and 1987.

According to many experts, the Senate Hall is considered to be the most beautiful interior space in the state.

In December 1970, the State House was granted National Historic Landmark status and was listed as a building on the National Register of Historic Places .

Individual evidence

  1. Vermont Statehouse. In: National Historic Landmarks Program (NHL). National Park Service , archived from the original on December 22, 2008 ; accessed on February 5, 2013 .
  2. a b c The State Capitol ( Memento from November 10, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 164 kB)
  3. Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: Vermont. National Park Service , accessed February 27, 2020.
    Vermont Statehouse on the National Register of Historic Places , accessed February 27, 2020.

Web links

Commons : Vermont State House  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files