Happy Patriots Day - Transforming an Old State House

If a building could talk this one could speak volumes. This week's photo prompt at Sepia Saturday has what looks like some store fronts. Looking through my collection of postcards I couldn't find many obvious storefronts. But I did come across a postcard of the Old Statehouse in Boston and recalled a photo I had seen when this building was not a glamorous state house but simple building containing many businesses.

The Old Statehouse has a rich history. Built in 1713 it was the seat of the Royal government in Massachusetts Colony.  Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and James Otis among others met there discussing the many issues which led up to the revolution. The Boston Massacre occurred at it's front steps and the Declaration of Independence was read from it's balcony.

When the state government marched up Beacon Hill to it's new house in 1798, the old place was turned over to the City of Boston to be used as City Hall. The city then moved over to a new city hall and she was turned over to be used as businesses. Henry Ford nearly bought the old State House and moved it to Chicago where he was amassing a treasure trove of historic buildings.  When wise Bostonians got wind of this they formed a group to look after the old lady which continues to carry on this labor of love. It is now a museum.

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The Old Statehouse today is surrounded by high rises and is restored to it's former glory. It seems surreal to see the antique in the middle of modern architecture. From the modern photo you can't see, but there is a very busy subway lobby in the basement / street level. It's rather surreal to exit from a busy subway lobby and see this old building through which you just walked. The lion and unicorn, symbols of the monarchy, were restored bringing it back to it's pre-revolution look, and the Declaration of Independence is still read from it's balcony every Fourth of July.


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