While millions pass by Federal Hall National Memorial each year and thousands stop for photos with George Washington’s statue, few know the sacred character of this historic ground in the heart of New York’s Financial District.
A History of Firsts
A Symbol of Democracy
The majestic building standing on the site was conceived as the architectural embodiment of our founding ideals. It was erected in the mid-19th century as a custom house, after the original Federal Hall was demolished. Its design is inspired by the Parthenon of ancient Athens and the Pantheon of republican Rome.
A Role in America’s Future
Soon, this site will become home to a new kind of memorial — a living, interactive forum for debate and dialogue about our current political, economic and social life. Join us in realizing this vision. Become a Founding Mother or Founding Father today.