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Federal Hall National Memorial

America's first capital building;
Bill of Rights adopted;
George Washington's first inauguration

Federal Hall
Federal Hall
Click to enlarge. Photo by Hu Totya.

America's first capital building
America's first capital building

26 Wall Street
New York, New York 10005
United States
(212) 825-6888

On This Very Spot in 1700, New York's City Hall was built.

On This Very Spot in October 1765, the Stamp Act Congress met to protest "taxation without representation."

On This Very Spot following the American Revolution, the Continental Congress met. In 1787 they passed the Northwest Ordinance, setting out guidelines for admitting new states to the Union.

On This Very Spot in 1788, following the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the first Congress met here and adopted the Bill of Rights.

On This Very Spot on April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office as first U.S. President. The following year, the capital was moved to Philadelphia.

On This Very Spot in 1812, the original City Hall building was demolished.

On This Very Spot in 1842, the present Federal Hall Building was built as a Customs House, then was used later by the Treasury.

Submitted by BHH

See also Colonial New York.

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This spot is a museum open to the public. For complete visitor's information, including hours of operation, admission fees, and map & directions, visit the official website at

Condition: The original building that served as America's first capital was demolished in 1812. The building currently on this very spot was built in 1845. However, the stone on which Washington stood to take the oath of office is on display, as is the Bible on which he took the oath.

Location: Corner of Broad Street and Wall Street in downtown New York City

Nearest Major Airport: New York LaGaurdia or New York JFK

Nearest Subway: Broad Street Station (J,M,Z)

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