Federal Hall on the corner of Wall and Broad Streets, 1915

Federal Hall on the corner of Wall and Broad Streets, 1915
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In 1915, when this black and white photo was taken, Federal Hall was the United States Sub-Treasury building. Millions of dollars in gold and silver were kept in its vaults, until the Federal Reserve replaced the Sub-Treasury system in 1920. The building stands on the site where George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in 1789. Across the street, in the right foreground of the photo, is 23 Wall Street, the House of Morgan, completed only the year before. In 1920, the building was the site of the Wall Street Bombing , and today still bears the signs of the blast.

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