The Massachusetts State House in Boston recently celebrated its 200th birthday. Designed by Charles Bulfinch, it was completed on January 11, 1798, on land that had previously been used as John Hancock’s cow pasture. The building’s most striking feature, the golden dome, was not quite as eye-catching in those days, since it was simply covered with wood shingles. Nevertheless, at that time in our young nation’s history, the State House was considered one of the most impressive edifices in the country. A few years later, in 1802, Paul Revere and Sons were commissioned to cover the dome with copper in order to minimize leaking. All in all, the dome waited nearly 100 years before finally receiving its brilliant gilding in 1874 with genuine 23-karat gold leaf. Today, situated on a rise overlooking Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, the State House is the oldest building in the Beacon Hill section of Boston. Hand-blown and hand-painted in Poland.
- Hand blown and hand decorated glass ornament
- Made the traditional way in Europe by artisans trained in their craft for generations
- Heirloom quality
- Comes nestled in acid-free tissue in a gift box
- Keep out of direct sunlight; clean gently with a soft cloth