Boston Landmark

© Jean B. Hall

Boston Landmark

Uploaded: September 06, 2008

Description

Created in 1742, the famous grasshopper weather vane atop Boston’s Faneuil Hall is made of gilded copper and surveys the city with green glass eyes. It is said to be modeled a similar one on the Royal Exchange in London – founded by Sir Thomas Gresham, whose family crest included a grasshopper because his surname meant “grass cricket.” The Boston vane survived an earthquake in 1755, a fire in 1761, and a “grasshopper-napping” in the early 1970’s. It is the only original part of the Faneuil Hall – colonial Boston’s central market and town meeting hall – to survive.

Comments

Stefania Barbier level-addict September 06, 2008

beautiful pov and capture Jean! #993812

Jean B. Hall September 07, 2008

Thanks very much, Stafania. #6422080

Linda M. Walker September 07, 2008

Excellent shot and explanation....thanks for sharing #6422450

Jean B. Hall September 07, 2008

Thanks, Linda! I went to meet an old friend from out of town for lunch -- and was really glad I took my camera! #6423347

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