Federal Hall, New York City

Federal Hall, built in 1700 as New York's City Hall, later served as the first capitol building of the United States of America under the Constitution, as well as the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States. It was also where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced in the First Congress. The building was demolished in 1812.Federal Hall National Memorial was built in 1842 as the United States Custom House, on the site of the old Federal Hall on Wall Street, and later served as a sub-Treasury building. It is now operated by the National Park Service as a national memorial commemorating the historic events that occurred there.HistoryHistoric buildingThe original structure on the site was built as New York's second City Hall in 1700, on Wall Street, in what is today the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. In 1735, John Peter Zenger, an American newspaper publisher, was arrested for committing libel against the British royal governor and was imprisoned and tried there. His acquittal on the grounds that the material he had printed was true established freedom of the press as it was later defined in the Bill of Rights.
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  • This blinding is part of the National Park Service. It is a beautiful piece of architecture. There is no charge and the biggest exhibit is all about the National Park Service. There are free maps of N...  more »
  • Place with so much history where you can see at the entrance to a monument to the first President of USA
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  • Good to roam around and see the historic sites. Many other places like stock exchang, ground zero and trinity church aren't that far away  more »
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  • Very cool place that not many people know about. I think this was one of my favorite monuments I saw in NYC.
  • Site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President. This place is the home of the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States under the Constitution. It is also a place where bill or rights introduced. In terms of history, this place holds so much into it. It is now operated by the National Park Service as a national memorial. Tip- you can take a free tour. Isn’t it amazing?
  • Incredible building. It was a shame it was closed when we could fit this in. But we feel it didn't take away from the impact of the building. There wasn't too much of a crowd so photos were easy.
  • One of the most historical landmarks in New York. The second symbol of Wall Street, the first thing to visit in Financial district. The only thing u probably want to avoid is the amount of tourists trying to take the best capture of them in front of the statue. Streets around are ensane small and narrow.
  • A wonderful place to visit for any history buff. I believe it's not the original building Washington stood in the concrete where he took the oath of office is there. It's remarkable. The majestic statue is also a sight for sore eyes.

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