Faneuil Hall

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  • Sight Category: Building

consecrated cradle of America, and I hope, of universal liberty. Marquis de Lafayette

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Faneuil Hall


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1740/00/00 John Smybert Architect Funded by merchant Peter Faneuil, Faneuil Hall is built with an open ground floor and a town meeting room above, 1740-1742.
1742/00/00 Shem Drowne Craftsman Peter Faneuil commissions Shem Drowne to craft a weathervane for Faneuil Hall. Drowne made a copper grasshopper weathervane gilded with gold leaf with glass eyes.
1746/00/00 Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Headquarters Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts move to Faneuil Hall. Daniel Webster, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, John F Kennedy and Wendell Phillips delivered speeches in this hall. Top floor is a museum, library and armory.
1755/11/18 Shem Drowne Craftsman The Cape Ann Earthquake topples Shem Drowne's Grasshopper Weathervane from the spire at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Shem and his son Thomas will repair it and remount it.
1762/00/00 Faneuil Hall is destroyed by fire, nothing but the brick walls remained. It was rebuilt by Boston in 1762.
1770/02/26 With 500 children walking in front of the bier and 6 of his school mates caring the pall, Christopher Seider's casket, inscribed with "innocence itself is not safe", leaves Faneuil Hall. Death of Christopher Seider
1773/11/29 Samuel Adams Ringleader Before a crowd of 5000 in and around Faneuil Hall, Samuel Adams' resolution, "that the tea should not be landed - that it should be sent back in the same bottom to the place whence it came, at all events, and that no duty should be paid on it," is adopted Boston Tea Party
1806/00/00 Charles Bulfinch Architect Charles Bulfinch remodels the hall, doubling its height and width, adding a third floor, enclosing the open arcades and moving the cupola to the opposite end of the building.
1810/00/00 Gilbert Stuart's painting of George "Washington at Dorchester Heights" hangs at Fanueil Hall. Washington at Dorchester Heights (painting)
1820/10/02 Daniel Webster Speaker Daniel Webster gives the main address in favor of free trade at a meeting of New England importers in Faneuil Hall in Boston.
1824/08/26 Marquis de Lafayette National Guest In the lower hall, Lafayette attends a ceremony at Faneuil Hall, the "consecrated cradle of America, and I hope, of universal liberty." Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1826/08/02 Daniel Webster Speaker Daniel Webster delivers a 2 hour eulogy of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. "A superior and commanding human intellect, a truly great man, when Heaven vouchsafes so rare a gift ...." DW
1833/05/00 Sally Foster Otis Benefactor The Boston Ladies Fair, led by Mrs Harrison Gray Otis, at Faneuil Hall raises $11,000 for the Samuel Howe's New England Institution for the Education of the Blind.
1837/12/07 Wendell Phillips Abolitionist Speaker As Bostonians gathered at Faneuil Hall to discuss Elijah P Lovejoy's murder in Alton, Attorney general James T Austin compares the killers to 1776 patriots who fought against the British. Phillips praises Lovejoy as a defender of liberty. Abolitionist Movement
1837/12/07 William Ellery Channing Abolitionist William Ellery Channing sponsores an antislavery meeting at Faneuil Hall, Boston. Abolitionist Movement
1837/12/18 Samuel Joseph May Author In a letter to William Garrison, Samuel May is critical of the Boston city government for objecting to using Faneuil Hall as an antislavery meeting sponsored by William Ellery Channing. Abolitionist Movement
1837/12/18 William Lloyd Garrison Addressee In a letter to William Garrison, Samuel May is critical of the Boston city government for objecting to using Faneuil Hall as an antislavery meeting sponsored by William Ellery Channing. Abolitionist Movement
1854/05/26 Thomas Wentworth Higginson Abolitionist Between three to five thousand antislavery protesters attend the Great Meeting Organize by the Boston Vigilance Committee (BVC) to aid Anthony Burns. Fugitive Slave Trial of Anthony Burns
1899/00/00 Faneuil Hall is entirely rebuilt to be fire resistant, 1898-1899.
1917/04/11 Pauline Agassiz Shaw In Memoriam 2,000 mourners, including Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts David Walsh, attend a Memorial service held on Easter Sunday for Pauline Agassiz Shaw.
1979/11/07 Edward Kennedy Politics Senator Edward M Kennedy announces his candidacy for President of the United States.

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Particulars for Faneuil Hall:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Meeting hall
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Politics-government
Area of Significance Social History

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000368
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: Smibert,John; Bulfinch,Charles
Architectural Style: Georgian
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture, Social history
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1700-1749, 1850-1874, 1750-1799, 1825-1849, 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1742, c 1805, c 1898
Historic Function: Social, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Meeting hall
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Commerce, Trade, Social
Current Sub-Function: Meeting hall Museum Business

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