J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Faneuil Hall Renovated

This week Charles Bahne alerted me that the Boston Globe website offers an article and slide show about the ongoing renovation of Faneuil Hall.

In a few months, the landmark will reopen with “new interpretive exhibits, educational space, and up-to-date technology” in the new Boston National Historic Park visitors’ center on the ground floor.

The upper floors will continue to house the auditorium built for public meetings and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company’s museum. The building’s current configuration dates from 1806, when Charles Bulfinch oversaw its most extensive renovation.

The Faneuil Hall that housed the town meetings of the 1760s and 1770s was significantly smaller, as in this image (courtesy of Boston College).

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