Massachusetts State House

Beacon Street
Boston, Mass.

Year Built: 1896

Brigham provided a sketch for the rebuilding of the Bulfinch portion of the Massachusetts State House, including the dome. According to the report,

“The committee on State house gave a hearing in the old Representatives hall last Tuesday on the proposed reconstruction of the Bulfinch front. Architect Charles Brigham exhibited the sketches and plans, showing the possible reproduction, which he had prepared at the request of the State House Commissioners. Mr. Brigham was asked about the cost of such reconstruction, and replied that he thought seventy-five cents per cubic foot would cover the expense of changing the dome, making a total for the front of $1,200,000. The annex had cost forty-seven and one half cents per cubic foot according to his estimate. Mr. Clement K. Fay asked Mr. Brigham if there was any reason, beyond mere sentiment, to restore the appearance and style of the front after tearing down the present structure. He replied he thought that there were strong architectural reasons. Prof. George F. Swain was asked if he favored repairing the front or constructing a new building. He favored the latter decidedly."

The "front" Bulfinch portion, which is the original portion of the Massachusetts State House was never demolished and Brigham's plans never built.


References

• "Watertown News," Watertown Enterprise, March 6, 1896, p. 1.

• “Pencil Drawing of the State House Showing the Proposed Wings, May, 1896. State Library of Massachusetts, Special Collections.


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