A Very Beautiful Building
Local architect Joseph Horatio Anderson designed the Maryland State House, which was built between 1772 and 1779. Visitors to Annapolis praised the new capitol, including French philosopher Abbé Robin, who described it in 1781 as “a very beautiful building, I think the most so of any I have seen in America.”
Although this elevation shows a proposed design that was never built, it does illustrate the type of small dome that may have existed when Congress met in Annapolis in 1783-1784. A small dome was in place until 1785 when it was replaced with the current dome. This elevation is one of several design drawings of the State House that are attributed to Anderson.