Restoring, activating and sustaining Federal Hall—the birthplace of American democracy—is vital to our heritage.
Here is the site of the nation’s first capitol, where our first President, George Washington, was inaugurated and where the first Congress put into practice a new Constitution, including enacting the Bill of Rights.
Yet today, the Greek Revival building which stands here, a living memorial to the democratic ideals of our nation, has fallen into grave disrepair. Though valiantly operated by the National Park Service, it is overlooked, underutilized and underfunded. The maintenance backlog alone exceeds $10 million.
Still, Federal Hall serves over 300,000 visitors annually—more than most other historic sites in New York City. With support it could do so much more.
New Day at Federal Hall
New Day at Federal Hall is an initiative to secure up to $50 million in private and public funds for the restoration and activation of this historic site in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Led by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy, a public-private partnership with the National Park Service, our mission is to address three critical needs.
- Preservation of the landmark building
- Improving the visitor and educational experience
- Securing financial sustainability
To restore, enrich and honor Federal Hall’s role in our heritage, we will need your support and that of all generous patriots.