Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Old and New
I've been inspired by the blogs I've seen recently comparing the old and the new, and it made me remember this picture from lower Manhattan. The building in the front corner is the Fraunces Tavern, the oldest surviving building in Manhattan.
Excerpts from the Fraunces Tavern museum website:
As Manhattan's oldest surviving building, 54 Pearl Street has witnessed nearly three centuries of the city's history. It was built in 1719 as an elegant residence for the merchant Stephan Delancey and his family. In 1762, the home was purchased by tavern-keeper Samuel Fraunces, who turned it into one of the most popular taverns of the day. Though it is best known as the site where George Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army, in 1783, the tavern also played a significant role in pre-Revolutionary activities. After the war, when New York was the nation’s first capital, the tavern was rented to the new government to house the offices of the Departments of War, Treasury and Foreign Affairs.