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History of the Maryland State House
The Maryland State House is the oldest state
house still in legislative use. It was designated a National Historic Landmark
in 1960. The State House is administered by the State
House Trust which oversees the interpretation of the building as well
as its care and maintenance. It also has responsibility for the use of
the public areas of the State House. The chair of the State House Trust
is Governor Martin O'Malley.
The secretary is Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, Maryland State Archivist. Dr.
Papenfuse and others, including Orlando Ridout V, Mimi Calver, Sasha Lourie,
Anne Tria, Alicia Brooks, Erin Corley, Ellen Loll, Rebecca Thomas, Cindy
Thompson, and Elaine Rice Bachmann have contributed to recent research
about the State House and its dome.
The above image of the State House was
made by Charles Willson Peale shortly after the State House was completed
and was published in the Columbian Magazine in February 1789. This
image of the State House is especially notable because it also shows some
of the other buildings on State Circle at the time, including the home
of John Shaw at the far left. To the right of the State House are Old Council
Chamber and Ball Room, built in 1718 and the octoganal outdoor privy known
as the "temple." At the far right is the Old Treasury Building which was
built in 1735 and is still the oldest public building in Annapolis.
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