Coming Soon to the State House
The Maryland State Archives has created a master plan to improve the visitor experience to the State House. This has been implemented over the last 2 - 3 years and has already greatly enhance the signage, entrance procedures and exhibits both on State Circle and within the building.
The Old Senate Chamber is undergoing extensive architectural investigation and all of the plaster has been removed from the walls, exposing the 18th century brickwork. This process has provided many clues as to how the room may have looked in the late 18th century and the restoration work is now well underway. The room will reopen in late 2014, enhanced new exhibits in the Stairwell and Senate Committee Rooms.
Another important change to the State House is the recreation of the Old House of Delegates Chamber to its appearance of the late 19th century. This provides the opportunity to interpret important events in 19th century Maryland, including the Constitution of 1864 which abolished slavery in the state. The room will be based on extensive documentation at the Archives of the 1876 design and decoration in the high Victorian fashion of the time of the State House by Baltimore architect George Frederick.