J.Q.A. Ward's 1882 statue of George Washington in front of
Federal Hall, on the site where he was inaugurated as the first U.S.
Part of Federal Hall National Monument
Federal Hall, built in 1700 as New York's City Hall, later served
as the first capitol building of the United States of America, and was
the site of George Washington's 1789 inauguration as the first
President of the United States. It was also where the United States
Bill of Rights was ratified. The building was demolished in 1812.
Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street was built in 1842
as the New York Customs House, on the site of the old Federal Hall. It
is operated by the National Park Service as a museum commemorating the
historic events that happened there.
Photo 488, Oct 2010