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Maryland State House

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This beautiful Georgian building is the oldest state capital in continuous legislative use. Construction started in 1772 and ended in 1797 - nine years after Maryland became the seventh state admitted to the Union. The completion of the dome in 1788 coincided with the state's admittance. Architect Joseph Clark drew up the plans for the building and John Shaw, a noted cabinetmaker and carpenter, finished the project. The building is historic in another way - Ratification Day, the formal end to the American Revolutionary War, occurred here. (Submitted by Anthony Von Plinsky)