One of the most charming things about Boston is coming upon old, historic buildings preserved in the midst of the most modern skyscrapers. Boston's Old State House is a very significant historic structure owned by the city of Boston and operated by The Bostonian Society as a museum on behalf of the citizens of Boston.
Originally built in 1713 as the government offices of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the building was central to many debates and events leading up to the American Revolution. The Boston Massacre occurred in this area and the Declaration of Independence was read to Bostonians in 1776 from the balcony on the east end of the building. It was converted to serve commercial interests and saw many different uses until 1891 when the Bostonian Society was founded to preserve and restore the building for its historic importance. More information about the Old State House Museum can be found at www.bostonhistory.org/
Across the street from the Old State House at One Boston Place stands the 41 story BNY Mellon Center. This sleek, almost black tower was built in 1970 and is one of the anchors in Boston's financial district housing financial, law, real estate and corporate offices. Embedded in the pavement in front of the building is a cast bronze sculpture called Historic Crossings. This work of art includes at least 20 references to events, people and objects that are important to the story of the three streets that intersect here in the heart of Boston.
The Ames Building, at One Court Street in Boston, (across the street from the BNY Mellon Center) was built in 1898 by the Ames family as a corporate headquarters for their agricultural tool business. The Richardsonian-Romenesque style building is 13 stories tall and is considered Boston's first skyscraper. It is considered to be the second tallest masonry load bearing wall structures in the word. As of November 2009, the building has served as the luxury 114 room Ames Hotel. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.