The Old State House, the oldest surviving public building in Boston, was built in 1713 to house the government offices of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It stands on the site of Boston's first Town House of 1657-8, which burned in 1711. On July 18, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first proclaimed from the balcony on this side of the building, to the jubilant citizens of Boston.
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