Faneuil Hall

Dock Sq., Boston, Massachusetts


Faneuil Hall

6. Historic American Buildings Survey, Arthur C. Haskell, Photographer Feb. 1937 (a) Int- View looking south.

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Street View 


Faneuil Hall was called the "Cradle of Liberty" because many important meetings of protest were held here before the Revolution. It was the first Colonial attempt at academic design, completed in 1742 from the plans of John Smibert, the Colonial portrait painter, and given by Peter Faneuil, a Boston merchant. It contained a town hall above and a public market below. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS MA-163)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Meeting hall
Current functions
Meeting hall; Museum; Business
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1700-1749; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1750-1799; 1825-1849
Significant years
1742; 1805; 1898

Update Log 

  • January 28, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett
  • July 21, 2015: New photo from Michael Miller
  • July 16, 2014: New photo from Michael Miller