Boston's Old City Hall was home to its city council from 1865 to 1969. It was one of the first buildings in the French Second Empire style to be built in the United States. After the building's completion, the Second Empire style was used extensively elsewhere in Boston and for many public buildings in the United States, such as the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., as well as other city halls in Providence, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The building's architects were Gridley James Fox Bryant and Arthur Gilman.Old City Hall is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Boston Edition.
Old City Hall, built between 1862 and 1865, is located at 45 School Street, along the Freedom Trail between the Old South Meeting House and King's Chapel. The Boston Latin School operated on the site from 1704 to 1748, and on the same street until 1844.
Also on the site, the Suffolk County Courthouse was erected in 1810 and converted to Boston's second city hall in 1841, being replaced by the current building twenty-four years later. Thirty-eight Boston mayors, including John F. Fitzgerald, Maurice J. Tobin, and James Michael Curley, served their terms of office on School Street at this site over a period of 128 years.
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The grounds are well kept. The statue of the donkey is cute. The front doors are so tall with such low door knobs.It was late when we got there so we didn't get to see much but was impressed with how ... more »
My wife and I walked the Freedom Trail on our sightseeing day after attending the Yankee-Red Sox Sunday night ESPN game last summer. We went by the Old City Hall building, which is quite impressive. T... more »
The history of this place is unbelievable. I was in complete awe the entire time. The architecture is gorgeous. This was a stop on the freedom trail and I couldn't be happier about it. Everyone is very knowledgeable and I was so pleased with my visit.
Went to Ruth Crisp Steakhouse. With my wife and friends. Everything was great.
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