Federal Hall National Memorial

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Federal Hall National Memorial

Federal Hall National Memorial

Park Information

26 Wall Street was the site of New York City’s 18th century City Hall. Here John Peter Zenger was jailed, tried, and acquitted of libel for exposing government corruption in his newspaper, an early victory for freedom of the press.

City Hall hosted the Stamp Act Congress, which assembled in October 1765, to protest “taxation without representation“.

Federal Hall National Memorial

After the American Revolution, the Continental Congress met at City Hall, and in 1787 adopted the Northwest Ordinance establishing procedures for creating new states.

Federal Hall National Memorial At The Wall Street In New York

When the Constitution was ratified in 1788, New York remained the national capital. Pierre L’Enfant was commissioned to remodel City Hall for the new federal government.

Federal Hall Vintage Illustration

The First Congress met in the new Federal Hall, and wrote the Bill of Rights, and George Washington was inaugurated here as President on April 30, 1789.

When the capital moved to Philadelphia in 1790, the building again housed city government until 1812, at which time Federal Hall was demolished. The current structure on the site was built as the Customs House, opening in 1842.

In 1862, Customs moved to 55 Wall Street and the building became the U. S. Sub-Treasury. Millions of dollars of gold and silver were kept in the basement vaults until the Federal Reserve Bank replaced the Sub-Treasury system in 1920.

Agency Name:

National Park Service



Directions

Car – Parking in downtown Manhattan is extremely limited and extremely expensive. Driving is not recommended.

Public Transportation – Frequent service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week by subway and bus. The #2 and #3 subway trains stop at Wall and William Streets, one block east of Federal Hall. The #4 and #5 subway trains stop at Wall Street and Broadway, one block west of Federal Hall. J, M and Z subway trains stop at Wall and Broad Streets Monday through Friday. Bus service is provided by route M-15 on Water Street, three blocks to the east.

See www.mta.info for shedules and information.


Geographic Location


Contact Info

26 Wall Street

New York, NY

10005


Additional Info

  • “Federal Hall National Memorial (U.S. National Park Service)”. Accessed June 28, 2020. Link.


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