After escaping a close call in 1975 (the city wanted to tear it down to build a parking lot), a 4-year, $12-million restoration in the mid 1990s brought the 1796 State House new luster. Upstairs on the right is the Senate chamber, with a full-length painting of the first president by the indefatigable Washington portraitist Gilbert Stuart. Three eras of architecture are represented: Federal (Senate Chamber), Victorian (City Council Chamber), and Colonial Revival (upper hall and stairs). Also on the second floor is the "Museum of Natural and Other Curiosities," which includes a calf with two heads and the horn of a unicorn.
- © Frommer's 2013