Historical place of the week: Boston’s Old City Hall

This week’s historical place is Boston’s Old City Hall. Now used as commercial space, the structure was used as Boston’s City Hall from 1865 up until 1969, when the new structure was built near Government Center. The building’s rare design is that of “French Second Empire” style, which you can read more about here. Below are some photos of the Old City Hall, taken on a snowy January day:

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The statue in the front of the building is that of Josiah Quincy, who was mayor of Boston from 1823-1828. Quincy Market is named for him, and he presided over the city during his time as mayor at his office in Old City Hall.

This view puts the building’s location more in context- In the heart of the city, surrounded by high rise buildings:

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What I am trying to do here is put together a list of less well known historical places around the Boston Harbor area that have relevance to the harbor. (Last week’s was The Abigail Adams Birthplace in Weymouth, MA). The link between Boston’s Old City Hall may not be as apparent as some other historical places around town, but it looked so nice in the snow that I felt compelled to include it!

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