Quincy Market located in the heart of Boston near Faneuil Hall is a historic building and one of the favorite tourist destination in the city. Constructed 1824–1826 and named after Mayor Josiah Quincy, combines the glorious past and the vitality of the present with more than 50 shops, 14 restaurants, 40 food court stops and Boston’s most popular comedy club. Quincy Market has played an important role in the life of Boston’s residents in the last 250 years.
Boston became a city in 1822 and commercial demand grew beyond the capacity of Faneuil Hall , Boston’s first public market . Quincy Market was built being the first major project initiated after Boston became a city. In the next fifty years Boston would grow from around 50,000 to over 250,000 citizens. It was here that patriots like Sam Adams gathered to thrill the crowds with their anti-England rhetoric, further fueling the spirit of freedom.
Designed by Alexander Parris, the building was built behind Faneuil Hall .The commercial growth spawned by the new marketplace led to the reconstruction or addition of six city streets.
In the beginning, Quincy Market sold mostly produce, eggs, cheese, and bread . Meat vendors came shortly thereafter and butchering work was often done on site. The architectural firm Benjamin Thompson and Associates and the developer Rouse Company developed a new building form, the festival marketplace. The new Faneuil Hall Marketplace was opened in 1976 incorporating Quincy Market. Faneuil Hall Marketplace became a famous tourist destination and retail location surrounded by history.
The market is two stories tall, 535 feet (163 m) long, and covers 27,000 square feet (2,500 m2) of land. Fashioned from New England granite, Quincy Market boasts red brick interior walls. The east and west facades exhibit a strong Roman style, with strong triangular pediments and Doric columns. The building’s shape is a long rectangle, on the roof are eight evenly spaced chimneys, and a copper-based dome in the center of the building.
Quincy Market today
Quincy Market has changed from grocery to food-stall, fast-food, and restaurants. Quincy Market remains one of Boston’s most visited tourist attractions and a great place for a quick tasty lunch. 17 restaurants and pubs can be found at the marketplace, including a few upscale restaurants and plenty of fast food. Shoppers can enjoy more than 100 stores and carts. You’ll also find lots of apparel shops boasting recognizable names , local artisans or souvenir shops.
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. Entertainment at the restaurants and in the outdoor areas is common and can be enjoyed nearly all day long, especially on the weekends in the summer months.The Marketplace is a five-minute walk to the New England Aquarium, The Children’s Museum, The Old State House, and Paul Revere’s House. Other attractions are 10 minutes away including The New State House, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Public Gardens, and Fenway Park.