Surrounded by centuries-old majestic government buildings that date back to 1812, this park provides a much-needed green spot in a bustling downtown area. Highlights include statues of revolutionary war heroes Horace Greeley and Nathan Hale, as well as several historically enriched government buildings. Part of the southern tip of the park was sold to the Federal government in 1867 to build a post office. The Rotunda building was demolished in 1870 and in 1871 the Croton Fountain was replaced by a new fountain designed by Jacob Wrey Mould, co-designer of Central Park`s Bethesda Fountain, which became the centerpiece of the smaller park. Concerts were held at the park during the 1870s. In 1903 the park`s original gas streetlights were replaced by electric lamps. In 1939 the Post Office building was torn down, restoring the park to its original triangular shape, and reestablishing the open view of St. Paul`s Chapel from City Hall. In 1966 the City Hall building was designated a city landmark as well as a national landmark.

Designated, 1653
Restored, 1999


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Henry Collins Brown,Spearheaded the restoration of the Park to its Colonial era design.

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