It was in this site where the Federal Hall is located that George Washington took the oath of office as first President of the United States on April 30, 1789. The Town & Davis design called for a classic Greek temple, in the image of the Parthenon, but crowned by a low central dome in the Roman tradition, visible from the street. The imposing Hall Street facade, above a broad flight of stairs, was designed with a monumental colonnade of eight Doric columns carrying a classical entablature and pediment with acroteria, with a second, smaller hexastyle colonnade in antis behind it.
The Rotunda is an interior space of imposing grandeur, and it is it is an outstanding example of the most advanced type of stone construction of its period. This use of stone was an early solution to the problems of fireproofing. The refined Greek Revival workmanship and detail of both the stone and the ironwork is outstanding.
STATUS Designated Interior Landmark
“I don’t know what the City would be without HDC. [They] testified before LPC time after time and helped us focus on the right issues. We would not be an historic district without HDC! ”
Doreen Gallo: DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance
“Use HDC as a resource because they know what they are doing and can offer advice on how to go about creating a district from every front: architectural, political, LPC, and the media. I had floundered prior to my involvement with this invaluable organization.”
Fern Luskin: Lamartine Place Historic District; Friends of Lamartine Place & Gibbons Underground Railroad Site
“HDC provided guidance and shared information during that process—we knew which Council members were going one way or another and we changed a few minds. I don’t think NoHo would have had as cohesive a district had it not been for HDC’s aid.”
Zella Jones: NoHo Historic District; NoHo East; and NoHo Extension
“I remember Richard saying at a meeting, we have someone here from HDC, Nadezhda Williams, Director of Preservation and Research, to help us. She said to us, ‘You are not the only ones going through this.’ HDC included us in an enormous community”
Erika Petersen: West End Preservation Society