AUGUSTA, Maine—Upon entering the small city of Augusta (pop. 19,136), we had no difficulty locating the Maine State House. From its position on a hill overlooking the Kennebec River, the domed capitol is quite visible from the Maine Turnpike as you enter the city.
After Maine broke away from Massachusetts to become the 23rd state in 1820, a bit of jockeying ensued over the location of the state capital. Portland, still by far the largest and primary city of the state, was a popular choice, but its temporary status as capital was vacated due to its extreme southeastern location. Augusta—farther north and inland—was officially proclaimed the state capital by Governor Enoch Lincoln in 1827.
|Original 1832 Maine State House (image from Wikipedia)|
|Current Maine State House|
|State House dome before and after copper sheathing replaced|
|Hall of Flags|
|Portraits of prominent Mainers line the halls|
|Chamber of the House of Representatives|
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Maine State House Stats:
- Construction period (original): 1829-1832
- Construction period (re-do): 1909-1910
- Original cost: $138,991 ($59,000 over budget)
- Re-do cost: $350,000
- Remnants of Bulfinch design: front facade
- Building height (to tip of dome): 185 ft.
- Dome topper: "Lady Wisdom," 15-ft. gold-leafed copper statue
- Dome surface: copper
- Exterior material: Maine granite
- Site size: 34 acres
- Portraits hanging in statehouse: 141
More Photos from the Maine State House
|Hall of Flags display|
|Flag of the 10th Regiment Maine Infantry, Civil War (lists battles in which they fought)|