The Old State House
|Old State House|
The balcony of the Old State House has overseen many historic events. Just underneath the balcony is the site of the Boston Massacre in 1770, when British soldiers fired into a crowd, killing five men. Today, a paving stone circle marks this spot. Fugitive slave Crispus Attucks was among the five victims who died that day in the Massacre. Also, in 1776, another historic event took place on the balcony of the Old State House. The Declaration of Independence was first proclaimed from here to an assembled crowd of colonists.
Paul Revere House
|Paul Revere House|
Old North Church (Christ Church)
|Old North Church|
King's Chapel first was a small wooden meeting house at the corner of Tremont and School Streets. This is where the church stands today. Architect Peter Harrison designed the present building and construction began in 1749. The stone building was made of Quincy and Braintree granite. The granite was not quarried, but gun-shotted out from surface beds. A bell made in England was hung in 1772. When it cracked in 1814, a new one, the largest made by Paul Revere was hung in 1816. This bell is still rung before every service. The steeple was left unfinished for lack of funds, and looks incomplete to the present day. The front porch and columns are late Georgian, and added later. They are wooden, but made to look like stone.
Old South Meeting House
|Old South Meeting House|
Old Corner Bookstore
|Old Corner Bookstore|
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