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Encyclopedia > Quincy Market
Quincy Market, east side, 1987
Quincy Market as it appeared in 1830.
Quincy Market as it appeared in 1830.
Quincy Market; Faneuil Hall can be seen behind, and South Market to left
Quincy Market; Faneuil Hall can be seen behind, and South Market to left
North Market (left) and Quincy Market (right)
North Market (left) and Quincy Market (right)
A panoramic view of Quincy Market
A panoramic view of Quincy Market

Quincy Market is a historic building in a shopping center called Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. It was constructed 1824–1826 and named in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy, who organized its construction without any tax or debt. Quincy Market, south and east side view Credit: Jack E. Boucher Date: December 1987 Title: Perspective View of East End from Northeast Source: Library of Congress Collection: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Origin: National Park Service URL: http://memory. ... Quincy Market, south and east side view Credit: Jack E. Boucher Date: December 1987 Title: Perspective View of East End from Northeast Source: Library of Congress Collection: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Origin: National Park Service URL: http://memory. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2160 × 1440 pixel, file size: 925 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Quincy Market Metadata This file contains... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (2160 × 1440 pixel, file size: 925 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Quincy Market Metadata This file contains... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (1134 × 756 pixel, file size: 310 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Quincy Market Metadata This file contains... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (1134 × 756 pixel, file size: 310 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Quincy Market Metadata This file contains... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 292 pixelsFull resolution (4868 × 1778 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 292 pixelsFull resolution (4868 × 1778 pixel, file size: 1. ... Faneuil Hall, east side Quincy Market Faneuil Hall, located near the waterfront and Government Center in Boston, Massachusetts has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... Josiah Quincy III (February 4, 1772 – July 1, 1864) was a U.S. educator and political figure. ...

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History

By the time Boston was incorporated as a city in 1822, downtown commercial demand grew beyond the capacity of Faneuil Hall. To provide an expansion of shop space, Quincy Market was built, as an indoor pavilion of vendor stalls. 1822 (MDCCCXXII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Faneuil Hall, located near the waterfront and todays Government Center in Boston, Massachusetts, has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. ...


Designed by Alexander Parris, the building was built immediately east of and "behind" Faneuil Hall, which at the time sat next to the waterfront. Thus Quincy Market was at harbor's edge at the town dock. In an early example of Boston's tendency for territorial growth via landfill, part of the harbor was filled in with dirt to provide a plot of land for the market. The commercial growth spawned by the new marketplace led to the reconstruction or addition of six city streets. Alexander Parris Alexander Parris (November 24, 1780 - June 16, 1852) was a prominent American architect-engineer. ... Albury landfill, Surrey, England A landfill, also known as a dump, is a site for the disposal of waste materials by burial and is the oldest form of waste treatment. ...


From its beginning, the Market was largely used as a produce and foodstuff shopping center, with various grocers of such goods as eggs, cheese, and bread lining its inside walls. Digging performed for expansion of the market in the late 1970s uncovered evidence of animal bones, suggesting that butchering work was done on-site. In addition, street vendors took up space outside the building in its plazas and against its outside walls. Some surviving signs of early food and supplies merchants hang today in the upstairs seating hall. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, In the Western world, the focus shifted from the social activism of the sixties to social activities for ones own pleasure, save for environmentalism, which continued in a very visible way. ...


Design

The market is two stories tall, 535 feet long, and covers 27,000 square feet of land. Its exterior is largely traditional New England granite, with red brick interior walls, and represents the first large-scale use of granite and glass in post-and-beam construction. Within it employs innovative cast iron columns and iron tension rods. The east and west facades exhibit a strong Roman style, with strong triangular pediments and Doric columns. In contrast, the sides of the hall are more modern and American, with rows of rectangular windows. Close-up of granite from Yosemite National Park, valley of the Merced River Quarrying granite for the Mormon Temple, Utah Territory. ... Timber framing is the modern term for the traditional half-timbered construction in which timber provides a visible skeletal frame that supports the whole building. ... Cast iron usually refers to grey cast iron, but can mean any of a group of iron-based alloys containing more than 2% carbon (alloys with less carbon are carbon steel by definition). ... The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. ... A pediment is a classical architectural element consisting of a triangular section or gable found above the horizontal superstructure (entablature) which lies immediately upon the columns. ... The Doric order was one of the three orders or organizational systems of Ancient Greek or classical architecture; the other two canonic orders being the Ionic and the Corinthian. ...


The building's shape is a long rectangle, providing for a long hallway down its center line. On the roof are eight evenly spaced chimneys, and a copper-clad dome in the center of the building, which covers an open common seating area and the major side entrances.


Today

The main Quincy Market building continues to be a source of food for Bostonians, though it has changed from grocery to food-stall fast-food and restaurants. It is a popular and busy lunchtime spot for downtown workers. In the center, surrounding the dome, is a two-story seating area.


Further street vending space is available against the outside walls of the building, especially on the south side, under a glass enclosure. Most stalls in this space sell trinkets, gifts, and other curiosities. A few restaurants also occupy fully enclosed spaces at the ends of this enclosure.


More conventional retail space is provided on the second floor and in the basement level. The Comedy Connection, one of Boston's two largest comedy clubs, currently occupies one of the second-floor spaces, and bars and restaurants occupy space on the basement levels.


Flanking the main building in the marketplace are two equally long buildings (North Market and South Market) that expand the market space for more restaurants, specialty shops, and office spaces. Two further concave market buildings enclose a circular plaza at the market's west end.


The open spaces at both the east and west ends of the marketplace are a common venue for various street performers, as well as street vendors. Most daytime visits to Quincy Market will encounter a large circular crowd of people standing around a juggler or other unique act.


See also

Preceded by
Faneuil Hall
Locations along Boston's Freedom Trail
Quincy Market
Succeeded by
Paul Revere House

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Quincy Market - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (562 words)
Quincy Market is a historic building and shopping center in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.
Digging performed for expansion of the market in the late 1970s uncovered evidence of animal bones, suggesting that butchering work was done onsite.
The main Quincy Market building continues to be a source of food for Bostonians, though it has changed from grocery to food-stall fast-food and restaurants.
iBoston - Your Guide to Massachusetts History (421 words)
Quincy Market is such a strong sign of revitalization in Boston, that its earlier significance is easily eclipsed.
While Faneuil Hall (pictured here behind Quincy Market) had proven to be a useful, its 14,000 square feet of space was no longer nearly adequate to support the City's nearly 50,000 residents.
In a single sweep, Quincy Market enhanced city-life and commerce, caused the redesign and addition of six new streets, and established the City Docks in still deeper waters.
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