The State House is near the beginning of the Freedom Trail walk and across the street from Boston Common. The oldest portion is the facade and front part but as you go deeper into the building it has newer added on portions. The golden dome is marvelous and can be seen from a distance. We also took the free tour through the building and were led by an educated and experienced woman who really knew her stuff. Statues, paintings, and various rooms were pointed out and the government of the state was explained along with many historical comments. The tour took over an hour and was definitely worth the time. If you have any interest in history or government don't fail to take this very worth while tour.