House Chamber

Image of House Chamber

The House of Representatives has met in this room since 1895. Before the construction of the Brigham extension, the members occupied the chamber in the Bulfinch State House directly below the gold dome, now the Senate Chamber.

This two-story oval room measures eighty-six by sixty-eight feet. On the floor are seats for 160 representatives, arranged in a gently sloping semi-circle that faces the dais and the Speaker's rostrum. The chamber is paneled in white mahogany, and contains a curved gallery across the back wall for spectators and the press. This is where the ""Sacred Cod"" hangs, the historic pine carving of a New England codfish. Across the front of the room, facing the legislators, are five murals: Milestones on the Road to Freedom, painted in 1942, which illustrate key events in the furthering of civil liberties. Under the cornice are the names of fifty-three Massachusetts citizens honored for their lasting contributions to the political and cultural heritage of the Commonwealth.