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Whether you call it Quincy Market or Faneuil Hall, you’ll want to experience this Boston Attraction.

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Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Posted June 12th, 2012

As part of the Freedom Trail, Quincy Market is a must-see Boston Attraction, and Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is a must-stay Boston Hotel.

Quincy Market is also called Faneuil Hall Marketplace as well “the Cradle of Liberty.” Located near the waterfront, the indoor-outdoor venue has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742.

When it was originally built, Quincy Market was a waterfront property, but in the 1800s, Bostonians needed more land, so they filled in the harbor and pushed the waterfront back to where it is today.

Historical figures including Samuel Adams and James Otis gave speeches encouraging independence from Great Britain at this very site – earning it a spot on the roster of Boston National Historical Parks and a well-known stop along Boston’s Freedom Trail.

The original Faneuil Hall was designed by John Smybert, a Scottish American artist, who modeled the architecture and layout after an English country market. The project was funded by wealthy Boston merchant Peter Faneuil and was a central marketplace for crops and livestock in downtown Boston.

The famous “Golden Grasshopper” weathervane was placed at the top of Quincy Market in 1742, but when the hall burned down in 1761, the weathervane was damaged. Thomas Drowne, a blacksmith and son of the original grasshopper’s creator, repaired the piece and inserted a “time capsule” in its belly. The capsule is engraved “Food for Grasshopper,” and includes historical newspapers, couns, and messages from mayors that have been added as the grasshopper has been refurbished throughout the years.

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After the 1761 fire, the building was also restored, and then was greatly expanded and modified by Charles Bulfinch in 1806. Bulfinch doubled the height and width by adding a 3rd floor above the assembly room on the 2nd floor, as well as 4 new bays. From 1898 to 1899, the building was entirely rebuilt of noncombustible material.

Not only has the building expanded, but so have the offerings. Originally, there were 5 Boston Restaurants, 3 Bars, 7 Delicatessens, 16 Food Shops, and Shopping for a variety of merchandise. Today there are 49 Shops, 18 Restaurants and Pubs, 35 Colonnade Eateries, and 44 pushcarts in Quincy Market.

In 1960, the Quincy Market building was designated a National Historic Landmark and was later added to the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1976, Quincy Market celebrated its 150th birthday with major renovations, during which workers discovered the “Great Dome,” which had been hidden by a false ceiling. The dome is now refurbished and visible.

Visitors to Quincy Market will have plenty to entertain them between the fabulous aromas, extensive food selections, Shopping and street performers. Quincy Market is bordered by the financial district, waterfront, the North End, Government Center and Haymarket.

And as you walk to and from all the neighboring areas, take time to stop and enjoy the street performances in Quincy Market. They began in the 1970s to entertain the construction workers, but the performances never left, and visitors from all over the world are sure to be entertained at this vibrant Boston City Center. 

About Boston Park Plaza Hotel - A Boston Back Bay Hotel
Since opening in 1927, Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is recognized as a member of the Historic Hotels of America as well as a preferred Boston Hotel.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is part of the rich history that defines Boston as one of the most beautiful cities in America and a top travel destination. This Boston Hotel is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the City – just yards from Boston Common - America's oldest Public Park and near Boston's Back Bay, only 2 miles from Fenway Park and just 3 miles from Boston's Logan International Airport.

This Luxury Boston Hotel conveys class and elegance throughout its exceptional Concierge and Guest Services, 941 finely-appointed Guest Rooms and Guest Suites, premier Dining with 9 on-site Boston Restaurants, including the historic Statler’s Lounge. Other Guest Services include a 24-hour Fitness Center, 24-hour Business Center, and 65,000 square-feet of exceptional Boston Meeting Space including the exquisite Boston Park Plaza Castle - one of Boston’s most recognized landmarks used exclusively for Boston Social Functions is located just across the street from this Boston Hotel.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel is ideally located close to many Boston Attractions, Boston Activities and Boston Shopping including; Faneuil Hall Marketplace and world-renowned Newbury Street and near Boston's Theatre District and Boston Financial districts.

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