Federal Hall National Memorial

When New York was chosen as the site of our nation’s first capital, a Federal building was needed. New Yorkers turned to Pierre L’Enfant, the designer of Washington, D.C., to reconstruct City Hall into Federal Hall. Congress met in this building for a little over a year before the capital was moved to Philadelphia.

Interesting Facts:

  • The building standing today is not the original hall. The originial was torn down in 1812.
  • The Federal Hall National Memorial was built in 1842 and contains exhibits on President Washington’s inauguration in 1789 and what life was like in New York at the time.


Federal Hall National Memorial – National Park Service

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
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