At downtown Boston, one can find the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, just steps away from the waterfront. It is as alive today as it was back in the year 1742. It was proclaimed back then as “The Cradle of Liberty”. Over 70 retailers and 40 office tenants occupy the area, which is comprised of 200,000 square feet of retail and 160,000 square feet of space used as the festival marketplace. Customers coming from all over Boston enjoy unique and nationally recognized shops, while indulging in delicious cuisines made by different restaurants, pubs, and world-class Quincy Market Colonnade. The promenades are filled with music and routines of street performers. What more can you possibly want?
The Faneuil Hall Marketplace is actually four grand places seated in one location. These are the Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and the South Market. All of these are set around a cobblestone promenade where you will find the jugglers, musicians, street performers and the like. You can do whatever you want here, from strolling to shopping to eating to laughing and more. Just explore the place and appreciate.
Here are some points that you must know about the area.
- In the year 1742, Peter Faneuil built the hall as a gift to the city. This man was actually one of the wealthiest merchants in Boston during his time.
- The structure was considered a home to many merchants, fishermen, meat sellers, and gave a platform for the most popular orators of the country back then. It was actually where the colonists first protested the Sugar Act in 1764, and established the doctrine known today as “no taxation without representation”.
- Firebrand Samuel Adams rallied the people of Boston to the cause of the independence from Great Britain in the Hall. George Washington toasted the nation there on its very first birthday.
- All throughout the years, the hall has played a significant role to many speakers, from Oliver Wendall Holmes and Susan Anthony, to Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy, and so much more. It truly lives up to its nickname as “The Cradle of Liberty”.
- By the year 1826, the Hall was expanded to accommodate more merchants and shoppers, to include the Quincy Market. This was designed in Greek Revival Style.
- The said market remained as an important business hub during the 1800s.
- However, by the mid-1900s, the buildings had fallen into despair. Because of this, it was tagged for demolition until the Bostonians made efforts to preserve it.
- Thanks to Jim Rouse, Benjamin Thompson and Mayor Kevin White, the structures were revitalized, which led to the changing of the face of downtown Boston.
The Hall Today
At present time, the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston is a central meeting place. It offers visitors and residents of the area an unparalleled urban marketplace. The wide array of shops and restaurants make it a premier destination for millions of visitors yearly.
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