Federal Hall, New York

Federal Hall, New York

The finest example of classical architecture, Federal Hall bears witness to the momentous events in the history of New York City and the entire nation, and houses a museum dedicated to the history of the city after independence. The building stands on the location of the former city hall erected by the British in 1700. As such, it was the first U.S. Capitol, where Congress met after the revolution to establish the new federal government and ratified the Bill of Rights, and where George Washington was declared the first President of the United States.

In 1789, architect Charles Pierre L’Enfant was charged with the task of building the city of Washington DC and enlarging Federal Hall. The result was the first federal style building in the U.S. In 1790, New York City ceased to be the U.S. capital and the original building was torn down. Ithiel Down and Alexander Jackson Davis designed the present Classical-style building with Doric columns and a domed ceiling, created by John Frazee, largely adding to the classical appearance. The intent was to make the structure a symbol of democracy reminiscent of the Parthenon in ancient Greece.

A large bronze statue on the steps of the Federal Hall by John Quincy Adams Ward depicts George Washington taking presidential oath on April 30, 1789. While the statue is the same height and street location as where Washington stood, it marks the spot only approximately since at that time, he was inside another building on this site. A museum within the monument houses a small exhibit on Washington’s inauguration, the Bible upon which he was sworn in, as well series of displays depicting, among others, the arrest of newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger for exposing the corruption of the British government which led to major changes in the freedom of the press. Also on the premises is a fascinating “All George” gift shop offering everything, from Christmas ornaments to bookmarks featuring George's face.
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Sight Name: Federal Hall
Sight Location: New York, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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