Wall Street and City Hall in Late 18th Century


View up Wall Street with City Hall [Federal Hall] and Trinity Church, New York City. Watercolor, black ink, and graphite on paper by Archibald Robertson (1765-1835), about 1798. Robertson was a Scottish born painter who operated the Columbian Academy of Painting in New York. Source: New-York Historical Society.

The old City Hall was the place where George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789. The building was demolished in 1812, after the City Hall moved to the present site. A neoclassic building was erected on the site, between 1833 and 1842, for the Custom House.

The Trinity Church represented is the second temple, completed in 1790 to replace the first temple that had been destroyed by fire in 1776. The present neo-Gothic building was consecrated in 1846.


18th Century


Old City of New York





Wall Street 1789



19th century Wall Street

Wall Street before the Great Fire of 1835 that destroyed many buildings in the area.


Federal Hall 1797



19th century City Hall Park


Castle Garden Battery


East River NYC


Wall Street images




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Wall Street and City Hall in Late 18th Century



Old City New York