Old State House clock
Photo: John Tlumacki/Globe Staff; Text: Chris Brook/Boston.com correspondent
Built in 1713, the Old State House has seen its fair share of history. The oldest surviving public building in Boston proper, the red bricked landmark is the scene of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston in 1776. Sitting atop the MBTAs intersecting blue and orange subway lines, today the Old State House has evolved into a beacon on the downtown transportation grid. Nestled between the financial districts tall skyscrapers, the Old State House may not stand as prominently on Bostons skyline as it used to, but the building makes up for its size with its rich history.