Free Admission Friday at Federal Hall National Memorial - see INFO below. Federal Hall National Memorial For 17 momentous months, from 1789 to 1790, the location of Federal Hall National Memorial was the seat of the United States federal government under the new Constitution. Moving into the former New York City Hall, Congress passed many of the founding laws of the nation and approved the Bill of Rights for ratification by the states. The 1883 statue of George Washington commemorates where our first president took the oath of office on April 30, 1789. The original building, torn down in 1812, was also the site of the trail and acquittal of printer John Peter Zenger in 1735 and the location where the Continental Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, defined the process of creating new states. The current building, constructed in 1842 as the U.S. Customs House, is one of the architectural marvels of New York City. For more information, visit [hidden] National Park Service and National Park Foundation launched Find Your Park at Federal Hall National Memorial on Thursday April 2, 2015. The Find Your Park campaign connects people with parks across the country as lead up to the National Park Service's 2016 Centennial. 2015 Evacuation Day Commemoration at Federal Hall 2015 Evacuation Day Commemorat... 9 Photos On November 25, 2015, the National Park Service commemorated the 232th Anniversary of Evacuation Day with a day of special programming at Federal Hall. The commemoration examined the military, social, and cultural impacts on all individuals who were affected by the end of the Revolution and the withdrawal More Info below.