Maine State House Moon
The Maine State House in Augusta, Maine is the state capitol of the State of Maine. The building was completed in 1832, one year after Augusta became the capital of Maine. Built using Maine granite, the State House was based on the design of the Massachusetts State House (Maine was formerly part of Massachusetts, and became a separate state in 1820). The building was designed by the renowned architect Charles Bulfinch of Boston. A gilt copper statue of Minerva, the draped female figure of Wisdom, by William Clark Noble of Gardiner, surmounts the dome. Speaking of the dome, many of you will remember it as a pale green color. That's because chemical reactions cause the shiny copper to turn green over time. Since it was replaced last year, it will appear brown for approximately 35 years until the copper oxidizes to a green once again.