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Rhode Island’s current capitol, which overlooks Providence from its downtown perch, is actually the former colony’s seventh state house.
The current 327,000-square foot building was built between 1895 and 1904 and was extensively remodeled in the late 1990s. Its dome is one of the largest self-supporting marble domes in the world, and atop it is a gold-covered bronze statue named Independent Man who symbolizes freedom.
The building is home to the state’s general assembly, the governor’s offices, and the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and general treasurer. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visitors are wowed by the building’s extensive carved marble as well as memorabilia including statutes, battle flags, and guns from the state’s past, plus a brass replica of the state seal. Notable rooms which may be seen on public tours include the State Library and the State Room, which has a full-scale portrait of George Washington.
Christmas is a special time to visit the state house. A decorated fir is erected in the expansive central rotunda and wreaths decorate doors and hallways.
Enjoy your time in the Ocean State. Of the thirteen original colonies settled in America, Rhode Island, was the first to declare its independence in 1776.
The capital city Providence, was founded in 1636, becoming one of the first established cities in America. While in Providence, visit the Rhode Island State House to learn more about this rich history.
The neoclassical style State House building was built between 1895 and 1904. This Georgia marble building features a self-supporting marble dome, the fourth largest in the world.
The 500 pound eleven-foot tall, gold-covered bronze statue of the Independent Man stands at the top of dome. The statute symbolizes the independent spirit of Roger Williams, the founder of Providence.
The State House currently houses offices for the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the General Treasurer, the Secretary of State and the chamber for the Rhode Island Senate and the chamber for the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Enjoy a tour of this beautiful building during your visit. For comfortable lodging close to Providence, stay in Warwick.