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How Connecticut’s Old State House Compares To Boston’s Old State House In Age And Architecture

Both the Old State House in Connecticut and the Old State House in Boston are important buildings sharing historical significance and fame across the entire US. Each of them has had a commanding impact on the communities that surround them. Further, they are both notable former state houses known to have been built during the earliest days of the country’s democracy. These attributes actually unite the two buildings in as far as national and even global recognition are concerned. But, they are associated with some differences that are worth pointing out.

Generally, a close comparison of the two important historical buildings of the state would be interesting.

Here is a look at how the two buildings compare with each other especially in as far as age and architecture are concerned.

Architectural Attributes

Here is a look at how the two buildings compare with each other in as far as the architectural design is concerned. Each of the buildings has certain unique architectural attributes which separate them from each other. This is despite the many similarities that exist between them.

The Old State House In Connecticut

 

Believed To Be One Of Bulfinch’s Designs

In as far as the architectural design is concerned, it is still unknown who was behind the design of the Old State House of Connecticut.

However, experts believe that the famous American architect Bulfinch was actually behind the design of the state house. This assumption followed the fact that he had been behind the Town Hall in Liverpool which is similar in appearance and design style to the old state house.

Similar To Liverpool’s Town Hall In England

Liverpool townhall, England

As alluded to earlier, the Old State House in Connecticut is actually very close in resemblance to the Town Hall in Liverpool. It is on this basis that it differs from the Boston Old State House whose close resemblance is associated with other buildings.

Multiple Modifications Over Time

Over the years, the Old State House in Connecticut has undergone a number of modifications in a bid to make it useful and to perpetuate its elegance. This applies to both the interior and the exterior of the building. Generally, the modifications that the building has undergone have caused its initial architectural design to be distorted a bit. Even though the current building closely resembles the original building, it is still easy to notice that major modifications have been made to the building.

For example, the balustrade and cupola were only added in the 1800s, while a stair case which had been present from the point the building was commissioned no longer exists. All these changes together account for the significant drift from the initial architectural design of the building. 

The Old State House In Boston

Believed To Have Been Designed By Robert Twelves

Unlike the Old State House of Connecticut, the Old State House of Boston is believed to have been designed by Robert Twelves. According to the history of the building, there is some compelling evidence to justify this.

Lion And Unicorn, As Symbols Of Being A British Colony

The Connecticut Old State House actually featured few or no elements which are close in resemblance to the Lion and Unicorn found on Boston State House. But, they both feature wall clocks, even though the Connecticut State House also has a distinctive dome and bell long with a statue of Justice.

The Two Buildings Compared On The Basis Of Age

Another interesting comparison that exists between the two is on the basis of their ages or simply on the basis of when they were built and commissioned.

The Old State House in Connecticut; the Connecticut Old State House was built earlier than 1796, although this is the year when it was commissioned to be used by the state. Construction of the house had begun much earlier than 1790. History has it that the building was originally built in 1792, even though it was only completed in 1798.

The Old State House In Boston

The Old State House in Boston was also built around the same time that the Connecticut Old State House was built. However, it was built nearly 80 years earlier. Despite being declared National historic landmarks in the same year, the two buildings are actually close to a century apart in as far as age is concerned.   

Boston’s old state house

Without a doubt, these two nationally recognised buildings compare with each other quite closely. If you have heard about one of them, you may have been eager to learn about the other. Whether any of them beats the other in as far as age and architecture is concerned depends on your personal judgment as indicated in the passage.

 

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