Federal Hall

New York City, United States

Federal Hall


Federal Hall is a historic building at 26 Wall Street in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City. The name originally referred to a Federal style building on the same site, completed in 1703 as City Hall. The current Greek Revival–style building, completed in 1842 as the Custom House, is operated by the National Park Service as a national memorial called the Federal Hall National Memorial.

The original building served as New York's first City Hall and hosted the Stamp Act Congress before the American Revolution. After the United States became an independent nation, the building served as meeting place for the Congress of the Confederation, the nation's first central government under the Articles of Confederation, from 1785 to 1789. With the establishment of the United States federal government in 1789, it was renamed Federal Hall, as it hosted the 1st Congress and was the place where George Washington was sworn in as the nation’s first president. It was demolished in 1812.

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