Federal Hall, New York

Federal Hall, New York

This building, regarded as the finest example of classical architecture bears witness to momentous events in the history of New York City and the entire nation. Today, the building houses a museum dedicated to the history of the city after independence.

Federal Hall stands on the location of the former city hall built by the British in 1700. The first congress met in the building after the revolutions and it was here that George Washington was declared President. In 1789, architect Charles Pierre L’Enfant was given the task of building the city of Washington DC and enlarging Federal Hall. The result was the first federal style building in the US. In 1790, New York City ceased to be the capital of the U.S. and the original building was torn down. Ithiel Down and Alexander Jackson Davis designed the present building with a classical design. Doric columns and a domed ceiling by John Frazee added to the classical appearance of the structure. The intent of the architects was to make the structure a symbol of democracy like the Parthenon in ancient Greece.

A large bronze statue of George Washington taking oath by John Quincy Adams Ward marks the spot where the first president of the United States was sworn in. Exhibits at the museum in Federal Hall include displays depicting the inauguration and meeting of the first congress and the arrest of newspaper publisher John Peter Zenger for exposing the corruption of the British government that led to major changes in the freedom of the press.
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Sight Name: Federal Hall
Sight Location: New York, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: The Best of New York's Lower Manhattan  

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