Situated in Faneuil Hall Sq. in Boston, Massachusetts, the charming red brick building was constructed in 1742. Its namesake comes from a merchant, Peter Faneuil, who built it on his own as a gift to the town as the city was lacking a central marketplace. Having two stories, the ground floor served as a market place, while the other floor served as a government meeting place. Since its creation, pushcart vendors flock to the market to sell their unique goods.
Although the market had a great opposition, this gift by Peter Faneuil was agreed upon by a majority of seven. The design was proposed by John Smibert in two years, 1740 to 1742. Unfortunately, a fire erupted in the building leaving just the brick walls, but it rebuilt from the ashes in 1762.
During the 19th century, Faneuil Hall was worked upon and expanded by Charles Bulfinch who added a third floor to it, which, as of today, serves as a museum and armory of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. To protect against future incidents, it was constructed to be fireproof in 1898. The building is an entry in the National Register of Historic Places and is considered a National Historic Landmark.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace:
The beautiful marketplace on the foot of Faneuil Hall consists of three long granite buildings namely Quincy Market, North Market and South Market. Small food restaurants and an eating court are found on the ground floor with more seating in the mezzanine above. Quincy Market offers global food selection from 35 stands and is a fun place to gather around. New England Taste and A Hat for Every Head are a couple of local favorite tastes and even more are available. Moreover, musicians, jugglers, clowns and other entertainers and street performers put cheering smiles on everybody’s faces in the summers. The market is filled with carts and vendors yet it is a sample of cleanliness and beauty. This allows dining, shopping and entertainment all in one place. As a visitor or local, this historic place is not one to pass by.
Grasshopper Weather Vane:
The gilded grasshopper weathervane has been the symbol of Faneuil Hall for over 200 years. It was put at the top of the building after it was constructed by Deacon Shem Drowne in 1742.
The Government Meeting Place:
Since its creation, a number of political meetings have been held in the Faneuil Hall. In 1979, Senator Edward Kennedy declared his candidacy for the president through a speech. Then in 1890, Julius Caesar made a speech in the favor of African Americans, which resulted in their forward march to the right to vote. In the same way, on April 11th, 2006, the Massachusetts’ historic health care was signed into law by Mitt Romney. Another important note is President Barack Obama’s visit in 2013 when he delivered a defense of the Affordable Care Act. Faneuil Hall is still a place for political debates and shows as it continues to be a central recognition of Boston.