Portrait of Fraunces Tavern, 1905

Portrait of Fraunces Tavern, 1905
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Fraunces Tavern, at the corner of Broad and Pearl Streets, is reputed to be the oldest surviving building in Manhattan and played a significant role in the early history of New York and the United States.  Most famously, it is the site where George Washington bade farewell to his officers on December 4, 1783. Those who have been to the site in recent years will probably note that the building in the photo bears very little resemblance to the Tavern as it stands today. In 1904, the building was sold to the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, and in 1905 restoration to it's 18th Century form was begun.  The restoration was completed in 1907, and the building today operates as a restaurant and museum.

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