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Faneuil Hall was built in 1742. It has served as a marketplace and meeting hall ever since. Peter Faneuil, a wealthy merchant, provided funds for the construction of the building. The renown gilded grasshopper weather vane that still perches on the building's cupola for over two centuries was created Deacon Shem Drowne. The cupola resides above the fourth floor Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Armory, Museum, and Library. The building resides at the site of the old town dock. Between 1764 and 1774 town meetings were held here. Samuel Adams and others protested against the imposition of taxes on the colonies. In 1806 Charles Bulfinch expanded Faneuil Hall. In the 19th century, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Lucy Stone brought their struggles for freedom here. John F. Kennedy delivered his last campaign speech from here.

The use of Faneuil Hall as a government meeting place ended when Boston became a city. However, the first floor is still used as a marketplace with market stalls similar to the time of Paul Revere. The second floor serves as a meeting hall for many Boston City debates and where the Mayor of Boston greets many foreign dignitaries. Faneuil Hall, the Crade of liberty, is located near the waterfront and Government Center in Boston. It is a well known stop on the Freedom Trail.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace also includes three long granite buildings called North Market, South Market, and Quincy Market. These contain over 70 retailers and 40 office tenants which occupy the 200,000 square feet. It operates as an indoor/outdoor mall and food eatery. This festival marketplace was designed by Benjamin Thompson and Associates.

Faneuil Hall Hours: Open 9 am - 5 pm, except during city sponsored events.

AHAC Hours: Open 9 am - 3pm, CLOSED Saturday & Sunday & Major Holidays

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