1. Federal Hall

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The Federal Hall currently at 26 Wall Street is not the original building. It was razed in 1812 after the capital of the United States was moved to Philadelphia in 1790. The original building, called New York City Hall back then, holds a notable place in the history of our country. It hosted the Stamp Act Congress in 1765 to protest “taxation without representation.” After the Revolution, it was the meeting spot for the Continental Congress, and where they adopted the Northwest Ordinance in 1787. Although Alexander Hamilton has no direct history with the building that we know of, he did live in the same neighborhood, making City Hall a part of his stomping grounds. Hamilton’s Wall Street home had a view of the building where he would have seen George Washington’s presidential inauguration on April 30th, 1789.