The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and the oldest capitol building in the United States. Located in Annapolis, Maryland, it has been the meeting place of the Maryland General Assembly, the state legislature, since 1772.
The building was designed by architect Joseph Horatio Anderson and completed in 1779. It is an example of Georgian architectural style, with a symmetrical facade and a central entrance flanked by two wings. The building is constructed of brick with white marble trim and is topped with a dome.
The Maryland State House has a rich history. It was the site of the Annapolis Convention of 1786, which called for a Constitutional Convention to be held in Philadelphia the following year. The Constitution of the United States was later ratified in the building in 1788, making Maryland the seventh state to ratify the document.
In addition to serving as the meeting place for the Maryland General Assembly, the State House has also been used as a courthouse, a jail, and a hospital during times of war. It has undergone several renovations and restorations over the years, including a major restoration in the 1990s that restored the building to its original appearance.
Today, the Maryland State House is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public for tours. It continues to serve as the meeting place for the Maryland General Assembly and is a popular destination for tourists and history buffs.
For this project, our crews will be installing North Country black slate and copper flashings on 4 different levels of the tower, including the lower sweep, dome, upper sweep, and upper lantern dome. In addition, new cypress shingles on the upper drum and lower lantern, new metal roofs at the balcony and at the plinth, and new metal architrave flashings at the windows and the balustrade railings will be installed.
We are working under the architects Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker as well as the general contractor, The Christman Company.