State House


The State House was constructed 1895-1904 by Norcross Brothers Construction Company of Worcester, Mass., at a cost of $3,018,416.33. This was about twice what had been budgeted, in part because, during construction, the decision was made to increase the height and diameter of the dome. This was done to make it larger than the dome that was being built on Minnesota's capitol. The engineers constructing the Rhode Island State House used 327,000 cubic feet of Georgia marble; 15 million bricks; and 1,309 tons of iron floor beams. The building boasts the first unsupported marble dome built in the U.S. and the fourth largest one in the world.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The State House is 333 feet long, 189 feet wide, and 235 feet tall, measuring to the tip of the spear held aloft by Independent Man atop the dome. Placed on the dome in 1899, the 500-lb., 14-foot-tall, gilded bronze statue was sculpted by George Brewster of New York and cast locally by the Gorham Manufacturing Company.
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