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Rhode Island State House

  • 82 Smith St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • Government Building

Published 08/07/2014

Fodor's Review

Designed by the noted firm of McKim, Mead & White, Rhode Island's 1904 capitol building has one of the world's largest self-supporting marble domes. The gilded Independent Man statue that tops the dome was struck by lightning 27 times before lightning rods were installed in 1975. The State Library on the north side of the second floor has the military accoutrements of Nathaniel Greene, Washington's second-in-command during the Revolutionary War, plus the state flag on board Apollo 11's first lunar landing mission in 1969. In the State Room is a full-length portrait of George Washington by Rhode Islander Gilbert Stuart. The original 1663 parchment charter granted by King Charles II to the colony of Rhode Island is the centerpiece of the museum, opened on the charter's 350th anniversary. Guided tours lasting 50 minutes are offered weekday mornings.

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82 Smith St., Providence, Rhode Island, 02903, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Weekdays 8:30–4:30; tours weekdays 9, 10, and 11

Published 08/07/2014


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