Standing on the very spot where a late-night tea party ignited the American Revolution, InterContinental Boston puts you at the heart of history in ultra-modern style. Adjacent to the Financial District, our gleaming glass...more
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Founded in 1742, Faneuil Hall has a history that continues to echo through the American spirit. Few other venues had as great of an impact on the American Revolution as did Faneuil Hall. Acting as both a marketplace and a gathering place, Faneuil Hall provided one of the most famous of patriots, Samuel Adams, with a site for several of his speeches calling for America's independence from Britain. In 1761, the hall burned down, but was rebuilt using the original designs in 1762.
Crafted by a local artisan named Deacon Shem Drowne, the grasshopper weather vane that sits atop Faneuil Hall is made from copper and gilded by gold leaf. During the Revolutionary period, suspected spies were questioned in regard to the weather vane, and those who answered incorrectly were convicted as British spies. Although the "Golden Grasshopper" was damaged in the fire that took place in 1761, Shem Drowne's son Thomas was able to repair the grasshopper and add to its historical value with a time capsule. Letters from Boston's mayor have been added to the time capsule during repairs to the grasshopper.
As Boston grew so did Faneuil Hall. Between 1805 and 1806, Faneuil Hall saw its width doubled as well as the addition of a third floor. Once Boston was incorporated as a city in 1822, the hall was no longer used for town meetings. Faneuil Hall retains its reputation as "the Cradle of Liberty." More recently the hall has been used for speeches by Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry. The legacy that began in 1742 has continued to permeate the history of Faneuil Hall.
Today Faneuil Hall is a part of the larger Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The hall continues to house the Ancient and Honorable Artillery of Massachusetts as it did from the beginning, though the company's purpose has evolved. What began as a citizen militia now serves as honor guard to the mayor of Boston and acts as a social and ceremonial organization. Additionally, Boston Classical Orchestra has considered the hall its home since 1980. Although the building has experienced many changes, Faneuil Hall has maintained its original purpose as a marketplace in the heart of Boston's downtown. Reflecting the city it calls home, Faneuil Hall is a place rich in history and significance for everyone who seeks to discover, or rediscover, the beginnings of American liberty.