Rhode Island State House
The Rhode Island State House is the capitol of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It is located on the border of Downtown and Smith Hill in the state capital city of Providence. The State House is a neoclassical building that houses the Rhode Island General Assembly and the offices of the governor of Rhode Island as well as the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, and general treasurer. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The current State House is Rhode Island's seventh state house and the second in Providence after the Old Rhode Island State House. It was designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White and constructed from 1895 to 1904. The building underwent a major renovation in the late 1990s. The building served as the United States Capitol exterior in the 1997 film Amistad. The building also served as the "City Hall of Capitol City" in Disney's Underdog.

The Rhode Island State House is made up of 327,000 cubic feet (9,300 m 3) of white Georgia marble, 15 million bricks, and 1,309 short tons (1,188 t) of iron floor beams [2 ] . The dome of the State House is the fourth-largest self-supporting marble dome in the world, after St. Peter's Basilica, the Minnesota State Capitol, and the Taj Mahal. On top of the dome is a gold-covered bronze statue of Independent Man, originally named "Hope." The statue, weighing more than 500 pounds (230 kg), is 11 feet (3.4 m) and stands 278 feet (85 m) above the ground. Independent Man represents freedom and independence and alludes to the independent spirit which led Roger Williams to settle and establish Providence and later Rhode Island. The chamber of the Rhode Island Senate is located in the east wing of the building while the chamber of the Rhode Island House of Representatives is located in the west wing. Other notable rooms in the State House include the rotunda (beneath the dome), the State Library (north end), and the State Room (south end). The State Room serves as the entrance to the offices of the Governor and contains a full-scale portrait of George Washington by Rhode Island native Gilbert Stuart. This room is also where the Governor holds press conferences and bill signings at the State House. One of the first public buildings to use electricity, the Rhode Island State House is lit by 109 floodlights and two searchlights at night. The State House is also one of the first public buildings in the United States to use skylights, the major ones being in the House of Representatives Chamber, the Senate Chamber, and the State Library. Inside the State House is carved marble. Over the pillared porticoes can be found quotations and historical chronologies of Rhode Island. Throughout the rotunda are battle flags, statues, and guns representing the state's military past. In the center of the rotunda, under the marble dome, is a brass replica of the state seal.


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