Faneuil Hall Marketplace
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Architect Benjamin Thompson
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Location Boston, Massachusetts   map
Date 1971 to 1976   timeline
Building Type retail marketplace
 Construction System masonry, etc.
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Modern
Notes "Quincy Market". Highly successful adaptive reuse of historic structure as the original festival market in the U.S.


Interior photo showing cafe area under canvas shading, in glazed market wings




Plan Drawing
Perspective Drawing
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Discussion Faneuil Hall Marketplace Commentary

"Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the famous Quincy Building have been part of Boston's history for nearly two centuries. They provide a key core element in the existing city pattern and have, as part of a comprehensive redevelopment for a new generation and new uses, been most sensitively revived. They provide the historical backcloth for modern commercial, leisure and recreational facilities on the grand scale. Masonry dominates, lending credence to the architect's desires for what they called authentic genuineness as a goal, in which the validity of a live and continuous tradition was carefully considered."

— Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p335.

"Here a once-rundown but historic area has been transformed into a vibrant complex of restaurants and shops with office space inconspicuously provided upstairs in renovated landmarks. Well-chosen graphics and hardy landscaping brighten pedestrian spaces; aisles alongside the complex's long buildings are glassed over to extend market space all year-round."

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p140.


Between Faneuil Hall and Commercial Street.

Until recently known as the Quincy Market, after the major who sponsored the original development by Alexander Parris in 1825.

Sources on Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Global Architecture. Special Issue 1970-1980, GA Document, 1980. Yukio Futagawa, ed & publisher. Tokyo: A. D. A. Edita Tokyo Color photo of aerial view of exterior, p257.

Donald Corner and Jenny Young, University of Oregon. Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143. interior photo showing cafe area under canvas shading, in glazed market wings.

Barbaralee Diamonstein. American Architecture Now II. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1985. photo of exterior with Boston City Hall in background, p214.

Donlyn Lyndon. The City Observed: Boston. New York: Vintage Books, 1982. ISBN 0-394-74894-8. LC 81-40199. NA735.B7L96. photo and discussion, p48 to 50.

Mildred F. Schmetz. "Boston's Historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace", Architectural Record. December 1977. Vol 162 Number 12. p116. drawing of exterior perspective, p121. drawing of plan, p124-125.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. aerial photos, day and night, p334. — Available at

Mike Wheeler. Slides from the photographer's collection.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Faneuil Hall Marketplace


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