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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1645/00/00 Boston Latin School's first schoolhouse (lost) is erected on School Street. The town funded institutions offers a free education to boys while girls attend private schools at home. History of the Boston Latin School
1650/00/00 Robert Woodmansey becomes the schoolmaster at Boston Latin School (lost) with a salary of fifty pounds a year. History of the Boston Latin School
1670/12/29 Ezekiel Cheever, the author of "Accidence" the accepted Latin grammard, is asked to be the Head Master at Boston Latin School (lost). History of the Boston Latin School
1734/00/00 John Lovell, assistant to the previous Head Master Nathaniel Williams, is appointed Head Master at the Boston Latin School (lost). Lovell will become "the pride of Boston's parents and the terror of its youth." History of the Boston Latin School
1741/00/00 Benjamin Franklin Education Benjamin Franklin attends the Boston Latin School (lost) on School Street, but he will dropout before graduating. A statue of Mr Franklin marks the school site at 60 School Street. Ben Franklin (Greenough) History of the Boston Latin School
1745/00/00 Boston Latin School's wooden schoolroom is torn down to make way for an expanded King's Chapel. A mosaic dedicated to the school is located in the sidewalk 60 School Street. History of the Boston Latin School
1810/00/00 Charles Bulfinch Architect The Suffolk County Courthouse (lost), designed by Charles Bulfinch, is erected. Remodeled by Gridley J F Bryant and Arthur Gilman, it will served as Boston's 2nd City Hall from 1841 until the governing body outgrew the space in 1862.
1856/00/00 Richard Saltonstall Greenough Sculptor A statue of "Benjamin Franklin" by Richard Saltonstall Greenough is installed outside City Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. It cost $20,000. Ben Franklin (Greenough)
1860/00/00 Gridley J F Bryant Architect A building committee invites six architects to submit plans for enlarging the Boston City Hall. The plans by Gridley J F Bryant, proposing a new structure in the Second Empire style, modeled after the Louvre in Paris, wins the competition.
1862/08/04 Arthur D Gilman Architect Gridley J F Bryant's 1860 design is revised and construction begins on the foundation and basement of a City Hall in Boston.
1862/12/22 The cornerstone of a new Boston City Hall building is set in place.
1865/09/18 Gridley J F Bryant Architect Boston's City Hall is dedicated. The cost of construction had been estimated at $160,000, but actual costs, including the demolition of the old city hall, amounted to $505,191.42. Of this sum, the architects received $11,177.
1909/01/01 John F Fitzgerald Work John F Fitzgerald becomes the first Mayor of Boston to enjoy the extended term of four years. Until 1895, the Mayor had been elected annually.
1971/00/00 Boston old city hall is converted into a restaurant and office building, 1969-1971.
1983/00/00 "City Carpet", a mosaic commemorating the site of Boston Latin School, by Lilli Ann Killen Rosenberg is installed in the sidewalk outside Boston's Old City Hall.

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Particulars for Old City Hall:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Historic Use City or Town Hall
Level of Significance National
Architectural Style Second Empire

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 70000687
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: Bryant,Gridley J.F.; Gilman,Arthur D.
Architectural Style: Second empire
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1862, 1865
Historic Function: Government
Historic Sub-Function: City Hall
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Work in progress
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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