Maine State House. Legislative Building in United States, North America

Maine State House

Legislative Building in United States, North America

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Maine State House - Maine State House. Photo by Holley St. Germain
The Maine State House is the state capitol of the state of Maine (Wikipedia Article), the north-easternmost state in the United States. It is located in the capital Augusta, where it was built in 1832, one year after the city became the state’s capital. Constructed with native Maine granite, the structure’s portico and impressive front façade is an example of the renowned American architect, Charles Bullfinch (Wikipedia Article), who is often regarded as the first native-born American architect. In addition to the Maine State House, he also designed the United State Capitol, the Old Connecticut State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House.

The building is where the Maine government assembles and is the working space of the state’s Governor. Its interior consists of Maine battle flags, the portraits of former Maine Governors, the Maine Law Library, the Office of the Governor, and the Legislative Chambers.


After Maine separated from Massachusetts in 1820 and became a state, several cities competed with each other to become the new state’s capital. The original capital was Portland, but it was later moved to Augusta because that city was more centrally located. Augusta became the official capital in 1832. The new state house was designed by Massachusetts architect, Bullfinch, and resembles the Massachusetts State House. The building’s interior was remodeled in 1852 and in 1860 to provide more space for state affairs.

The present-day appearance was established in the first decade of the 20th century, when the length of the state house was doubled and a 185-feet dome was erected. The dome was topped with a leaf-gold statue of Minerva (Wikipedia Article). The impressive dome was again replaced in 2014.

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20120912 120 Maine State House, Augusta, Maine. Photo by David Wilson

Visiting the Maine State House

The Maine State House can be visited for free on guide tours that take place from Monday through Friday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon. 45-60 minutes long, the tours may include – based on what’s going on in the building – the Hall of Flags, the House and Senate Chambers, and the history of the building. All visitors to the state house are screened before entering, so it is recommended to allow time for that.

How to Get There

Located on the corner of State Street and Capitol Street in the city center of Augusta, the Maine State House is easily reached from anywhere in the city. There are several parking lots nearby.

Similar Landmarks

Other beautiful state capitols in the United States that are worth seeing and/or visiting are the United States Capitol, the Colorado State Capitol, and the Massachusetts State House.

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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Feb 25, 2015

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