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Maryland State House, State Circle, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD

Maryland State House, State Circle, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD



Significance: Erected between 1772 and 1779, the Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in active use as the seat of government and the only one to have served as the nation's capital, witnessing important events that brought a close to the American Revolutionary War. Recognizing the new capitol's central location and spacious and attractive accommodations, the Continental Congress met in its Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783 to August 13, 1784. It was during that time, on December 23, 1783, that George Washington appeared before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Washington's actions have been exulted as a critical step in the establishment of civil authority over military rule, so much so that a painting of the scene as it enfolded within the Maryland State House hangs in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-100
Survey number: HABS MD-245
Building/structure dates: 1771-1779 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1785 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1858-1863 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1876-1878 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1882-1892 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1901-1906 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1937-1940 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1947-1949 Subsequent Work
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 66000385



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Wallace, Charles
Dance, Thomas
Anderson, Joseph Horatio
Clark, Joseph
Shaw, John
Pennington, Josias
Washington, George
Wilson, J Appleton
Dunbar, Florence, historian
McKee, Harley J., delineator
Burns, John A., delineator
Buckley, Philip N., delineator
Boucher, Jack E., photographer
Boucher, Jack E., photographer
Jandoli, Liz, transmitter


West Annapolis38.97886, -76.49102
Google Map of 38.9788556, -76.4910237


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