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Federal Hall, New York City

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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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  • The original Federal Hall was demolished in 1812. The only remaining part where George Washington was made President is the original balcony which is inside the building. Many people stand outside tak...  more »
  • Not far away from Wall Street is a nice building example of neoclasical style and you will fin it on your way to the Stock Market. Difficult to take a picture son donĀ“t forget you angular lenses  more »
  • Not much to see here, but worth dropping by as you pass through the Wall Street area and Lower Manhattan. Here George Washington was swore in as President as I recall. You won't spend more than a few ...  more »
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  • One of the smallest national parks grounds I've ever been to. But it is free and very informative. Definitely worth going to. There are great views of the New York Stock Exchange from the steps.
  • The place where the first president of this country took the oath of office. There are guided tours of the building,just ask a park ranger. Is a beautiful building.
  • Attention American History Buffs . . . do NOT miss this place. Although I work nearby and stop in here once in a while just to soak in the history here I remember, fondly, coming here on my 4th grade field trip (a LONG time ago). And although not much has changed (it's essentially a museum frozen in time), you can feel the history as you walk in here. Knowing that this is the place that George Washington was sworn in from for his Presidency, and that this was the first City Hall and this was the sub-treasury building (make sure you go down to the basement and look at the old vaults still in place), for the early United States, and it was an early Customs House . . . it is remarkable. There is quite a history here - and although the "displays" are sparse it is worth spending a half hour or more here to soak in what this place means and how it has shaped America from its inception.
  • The first Capitol Building, when New York was the seat of the country. An easy side trip with a lot of history to dig into, right across from the stock exchange.
  • Federal Hall where George Washington was made our first president is a beautiful ionic column building! The front of the building on Wall St. is where at one time orators would come and expound on any topic-mostly political! This was truly a pedestal of Free Speech which unfortunately is not done anymore.