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Senate Reading Room

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Formerly the Senate Chamber, the 200+ year-old Senate Reading Room remains one of the best-preserved Bulfinch spaces. Slender columns, delicate moldings and plaster work, and a gently vaulted ceiling characterize its late federal style. Now used for meetings, press conferences, and informal gatherings, this dramatic space features portraits of former Senate Presidents and examples of early nineteenth century furniture commissioned for the building.