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Faneuil Hall

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(National Historic Landmark)
Faneuil Hall today, east side
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Built/Founded: 1740-42
Added to NRHP: October 9, 1960
Governing body: National Register of Historic Places

Faneuil Hall, located near the waterfront and today's Government Center in Boston, Massachusetts, has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis and others encouraging independence from Great Britain, and is now part of Boston National Historical Park and a well-known stop on the Freedom Trail. It is sometimes known as "the Cradle of Liberty." [1]

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Faneuil Hall History

The original Faneuil Hall was built by artist John Smibert between 1740 and 1742 in the style of an English country market, with an open ground floor and assembly room above. Funding was provided by a wealthy Boston merchant, Peter Faneuil.

The grasshopper weathervane is a well known symbol of Boston - see the section Grasshopper Weathervane, below.

Faneuil Hall in 1776
Faneuil Hall in 1776

The hall burned down in 1761, but was rebuilt in 1762. In 1806 the hall was greatly expanded by Charles Bulfinch, doubling its height and width and adding a third floor. Four new bays were added, to make seven in all, the open arcades were enclosed, and the cupola was moved to the opposite end of the building. Bulfinch applied Doric brick pilasters to the lower two floors, with Ionic pilasters on the third floor. This renovation added galleries around the assembly hall and increased its height.

The building was entirely rebuilt in 1898-1899, using noncombustible materials, and the ground floor and basement altered in 1979.

It was again restored in 1992. The building is a National Historic Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fanueil Hall is now part of a larger festival marketplace named Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which includes three long granite buildings called North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market, which now operates as an outdoor/indoor mall and food eatery.

It was managed by The Rouse Company and its success in the late 1970s led to the emergence of similar marketplaces in other US cities.

On November 3, 2004, Faneuil Hall was the site of Senator John Kerry's concession speech in the 2004 presidential election.

Though "Faneuil" is originally French, it is pronounced ['fæn.əl] or ['fænˌ.jəl] rather than ['fa.nøj]. Native Bostonians generally pronounce it to rhyme with "panel", "manual", or "Daniel", with the former generally preferred by older Bostonians (baby boomers and older), and the latter fairly common as well.

There is some evidence that it was pronounced quite differently in Colonial times, namely as in "funnel".

Peter Faneuil's gravestone is marked "P. Funel", although the inscription was added long after his burial. There was some confusion about his name then. The stone originally displayed only the Faneuil family crest, not his surname.

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The gilded grasshopper weathervane on top of the building was created by silversmith Shem Drowne and was modeled on the Gresham Grasshopper weathervane on the London Royal Exchange, thus associating the new building in the New World with a great center of finance of the Old World.

During the Revolutionary War, a challenge question issued by Colonial soldiers was: "What sits atop Faneuil Hall?" If the swift reply were not, "Why, the grasshopper, of course", there would be trouble.

See also

Harborplace
South Street Seaport

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What’s on Boston’s Quincy Market’s Shopping Menu?
Tourists and locals alike rejoice at the Boston’s Quincy Market.

And why not?

There are so many delicious food choices, street-performing madness, and vibrant shops, that the Quincy Market is the perfect attraction for any occasion.

Quincy Market, also known as Faneuil Hall Market, is located in the heart of Boston. The location couldn’t be easier to find as it rests on Freedom Trail, a well-travelled Boston route. You can take three different trains, the Blue line, the Orange line or the Green Line to the entrances. Once at the Quincy market you are also in the heart of historic downtown Boston next to the waterfront and Haymarket. You are literally right in the middle of the action.

On any given day you will see thousands of people taking in the scene. The market is filled with street performers and a variety of shops for all tastes and price ranges.

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Quincy market features dozens of different shops. From clothing to home wares, from accessories to eye ware, this famous Boston market has it all. Whether you are shopping for yourself or for someone else, you are sure to find unique gift ideas and fashionable attire for any occasion.

Everyone will find something to shop for with the 43 different shops and dozens of kiosks. Leather and luggage, shoes and sleep ware, men’s and women’s apparel, toys and games and entertainment and electronics fill the marketplace.

And don’t forget about the souvenirs! There are most lobster-based gismos and gadgets than anywhere else. Take home a little piece of Boston, no matter where you’re from.

Boston Market’s Quincy Restaurant Guide
Quincy’s Boston Market cooks up 17 different restaurants and 40 different eateries for all tastes. Try some of the mouth watering recipes including creamed spinach and delicious rotisserie chicken. Or opt for sushi, Chinese, Italian or anything else your tastebuds are craving. With popular chains like Starbucks and Cheers, you can also stick to Americana cuisine.

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