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.


The Impact Of Reopening Of The Old State House

The Old State House of Connecticut may be associated with a number of daunting past events.

But, it is an important building whose value needs little introduction. In the past, the building has been closed before due to certain events. Mostly, it was closed for purposes of facilitating the refurbishment of its structural and architectural elements.

Abandoned State House, Connecticut

Notably, it was abandoned in 1915 during which it was no longer housing the National or city government. Rather, it was only used as a community centre and a station for public comfort. It would take five years before the building could be restored back to life. This was after the firm belonging to Smith and Bassette called for the restoration of the building. A year after the firm presented a request to restore the building, restoration works began, after two years of dormancy.




Since its restoration in 1920 and subsequent reopening in 1921, the building has suffered several other setbacks. For example, its maintenance program came to a halt in 1975. This was despite the building having earned itself a status of National Historic Landmark in 1960. But, the building is currently in perfect shape mainly serving as a tourist site. The impacts of reopening the Old State House on the community of Connecticut have been quite significant. Here is a closer look at some of the major impacts that the reopening of the Old State House has had on the community of Connecticut.

Enhancing The Overall Beauty Of The City Of Hartford

Imagine living in a city with a building that is more than 200 years old and is in one of the prime locations of the city. Also imagine that the building is not in perfect shape because it has not been maintained or given any facelifts over the past two centuries or so. Undoubtedly, such a building would compromise the beauty of a city. The Old State House of Connecticut has been around for more than 200 years and is still present within the boundaries of the city of Hartford. What is interesting to note is the fact that the building is found in one of the city’s most prime locations. This in itself would be detrimental to the beauty of the city if the building were not reopened or at least refurbished.

Raising The Image Of The State


When a state is home to a building with as many accolades as the Old State House, it will certainly be placed on the US map. In the case of Hartford, it is currently on the global map based on the presence of the Old State House. Without any doubt, the reopening of the facility has helped to raise the image of the city of Hartford and the state as a whole.



Boosting The State’s Tourism Potential

Over the years, the building has served as an important reminder of the birth of democracy in the state. It is the centre of the city’s past, present and future. Further, the building was in 1960 named as one of the historical landmarks of Connecticut. With such accolades, the building certainly deserves to be in operation. Provided the building remains open, it can serve as a perfect spot for tourists from all parts of the US and even beyond. As an unmistakable historical landmark of the state of Connecticut  and the US as a whole, the building itself is able to attract tourists to the state. This is good for the state and the US as a whole in as far as boosting tourism is concerned.

The tower on fox hill, Connecticut

Making The Building Useful Again

Keeping the building dormant is certainly not good for the community of Hartford. A building that is not in use may compromise the beauty of the city.

Further, it may be used for a number of illegal activities ranging from planning criminal activities to selling drugs or even child trafficking. Making sure that the building remains suitable for use can be one way to prevent this from happening.

Based on the information indicated above, is clear that the reopening of the Old State House certainly had a number of positive impacts on the state as a whole and the city in which the building is located. Even though some impacts are actually negative, most of the outcomes of reopening the facility are actually good for the state as a whole and the city of Hartford.