Old City Hall

Historic Site
45 School St (at Province St)
Boston, MA 02108


  • Originally location of Boston Latin School (1635)--1st public school. Benjamin Franklin attended school here. Boston's 3rd City Hall until 1969 when Government Center built. More info in blog. <LINK>
  • Features city's 1st portrait statue, Benjamin Franklin. In 1781 while serving as US Ambassador to France he drafted a letter to European academia encouraging a study of farts. More info in blog.<LINK>
  • Outside is a statue representing the Democratic party. Symbol originated in 1828 when opponents called Andrew Jackson a jack***. Mr. Jackson made the jest his party's symbol. More info in blog. <LINK>
  • Outside front gate (along School St) check out the ornate hop-scotch board called City Carpet by Lilli Ann Killen Rosenberg. Commemorates 1st public school formerly on site. More info in blog. <LINK>
  • Statue in yard of Josiah Quincy. 2nd mayor of Boston & 16th president of Harvard. Aided construction of Quincy Market. Sculpted by Thomas Ball in 1879. More info in blog. <LINK>
  • Cok mukemmel bir aksam yemegi et ler bir harika
  • Not really much to right home about. Cool for history buffs IF you know the history
  • Enter through the back to find WalkBoston- great walking maps available!
  • Now the home of a steakhouse.
  • Monumental French second empire building built on the site of the first public school in the USA.
  • Not sure what it is, it's on the freedom trail and I assume it's some kinda historic site
  • Nicely lit up at night.
  • Most beautiful building & there r like about 6 things on the Freedom Trail all "right there"
  • Check out the freedom trail it's awesome!
  • Fed ex drop box - enter through the back

Nearby places

310 Washington St (at Milk St.)
206 Washington St (at State St)
1 Faneuil Hall Sq (btwn Clinton & Chatham)