Rhode Island State House, Providence

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
The Rhode Island State House, the capitol of the state of Rhode Island, is located at 900 Smith Street just below the crest of Smith Hill, on the border of downtown in Providence. It is a neoclassical building designed by McKim, Mead & White which features the fourth largest structural-stone dome in the world, topped by a gilded statue of "The Independent Man", representing freedom and independence. The building houses the Rhode Island General Assembly – the state House of Representatives is located in the west wing, and the Senate in the east – and the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and general treasurer of Rhode Island. Other state offices are located in separate buildings on a campus just north of the State House.

The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

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  • State House location sets on a small hill above parts of the city. The days we were in town the building was closed. Nice setting for photo's.  more »
  • After viewing the state house from Prospect Park, I made the relatively short walk to the state house itself. I was impressed by the marble building as well as the grounds as walked the perimeter of.....  more »
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  • A beautiful statehouse with a lot of helpful employees. I’ve been here on a lot of field trips and have learned something new every time. Tours are very interesting and informative and are open to the public. The amount of marble is almost overwhelming but definitely beautiful. One of my classes was able to take part in a mock debate in the House chambers, an unforgettable experience to say the least. For the smallest state, Rhode Island’s statehouse sure is spectacular.
  • This place definitely deserves 5 stars. There are so many reasons but formost is it’s beauty. State house is Center of attraction for Rhode Island and if you are looking to visit it, it can be one of the best place to start your trip. 3-4 minutes walk and you have parking where you pay only $2 for 2 hours. You can go to Canal side and so on from State house.
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